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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals

Friday March 13
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Channel Guide)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (31-27-10) defeated Carolina, 5-3, Thursday night in Raleigh. The Stars built a 4-1 lead and 31-11 shots advantage through 53 minutes, but the Hurricanes scored two quick goals to make things interesting at the end.

“For a majority of the game we played a pretty desperate brand of hockey,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “They hit a couple, got a little momentum. That can happen on the road sometimes. But I thought we regrouped well after that.”

The win was the fourth in the last five games for the Stars, who are seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 14 games remaining.

Friday’s game concludes a stretch of five straight on the road for the Stars, who are 3-1-0 in the first four games.

Injuries: D John Klingberg (upper body) is day to day. D Trevor Daley (lower body), LW Travis Moen (upper body) and RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are out.

About the Capitals

The Capitals (36-22-10) are coming off a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Verizon Center Wednesday night. The loss was the fifth in the last eight games (3-5-0) for the Capitals, and it came against the hottest team in the NHL.

"I don't look at it as a discouraging loss at all," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "I look at it as here's a team that's … I think they're tied for the first overall in the National Hockey League. I don't think we should be shy of them. I respect that they're a very good team, and I thought we played them pretty even up. We did make some mistakes, and they did capitalize on a couple things, but it definitely wasn't a one-sided game.”

The Capitals currently hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Friday’s game is the fourth of a five-game homestand for Washington.

Injuries: D Mike Green (upper body) is questionable. D Brooks Orpik (lower body), C Jay Beagle (upper body), C Michael Latta (upper body), D Dmitry Orlov (wrist) and D John Erskine (neck surgery) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting this season between the Stars and Capitals.

*The Stars won, 5-4, in Dallas on Jan. 17.

*The Stars have won three straight games in Washington.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 7-1-1 in their past nine games vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Stars are 16-11-2 vs. the East this season, including 10-3-1 against the Metropolitan Division.

*Washington is 11-10-3 vs. the Western Conference, including 5-5-0 against the Central Division.

*The Capitals have scored on the power play in five straight games and are 6-11 on the PP during that stretch.

*The Stars are 17-18 on the penalty kill over the past seven games.

*Washington is 15-16 on the penalty kill over the past six games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 22 games since the All-Star break.

*Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has 27 points (18 goals, 9 assists) in 21 games since the All-Star break.

*Ovechkin leads the NHL with 45 goals.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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