Full Gameday Preview and Coverage – 11/3/2018 – Dallas Stars v. Washington Capitals

 

Dallas Stars (7-5-0 14pts) v. Washington Capitals (5-4-2 12pts)

Time: 7p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals begin a 5 game home stand where they look to turn things around and bring more consistency into their game as they host the Dallas Stars tonight. Dallas on the other hand will be looking for their third straight victory tonight.

 

 

Dallas Stars:

Projected Lineup:

Devin Shore — Tyler Seguin — Mattias Janmark

Jamie Benn — Jason Spezza — Valeri Nichushkin

Tyler Pitlick — Radek Faksa — Blake Comeau

Gemel Smith — Jason Dickinson — Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell — John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen — Roman Polak

Dillon Heatherington — Julius Honka

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling

Injured: Alexander Radulov (lower body), Marc Methot (lower body), Martin Hanzal (back), Stephen Johns(concussion), Connor Carrick (foot)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Clog up the neutral zone

Something that the Capitals have been having difficulty with lately has been their play through the neutral zone, and if Dallas can clog it up, it can foil and frustrate the Capitals.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Jakub Vrana

Andre Burakovsky — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Dmitrij Jaskin — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Nick Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness

Injured: Brooks Orpik (lower body), Travis Boyd (leg)

Suspended: Tom Wilson

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Feed the home energy

The Capitals are going to want to give their fans something to cheer about, and the fans want to see the Capitals succeed so the energy in Capital One Arena will be huge for the Capitals and their success against Dallas.

 

2. Need to play a full 60 minutes

The Capitals could have easily defeated both Calgary and Montreal if they had played full 60 minute games, but when it really mattered they turtled in the 3rd period and allowed their opponents back into the game. They cannot do that anymore.

 

First Period:

Stars Goal – 10:51 – Jason Spezza (3) from Gemel Smith (1)

Stars Goal – 11:01 – Tyler Pitlick (2) from unassisted

Stars Penalty – 16:46 – Blake Comeau 2 minutes for Slashing

 

End of 1st – DAL – 2       WAS – 0

Shots              11                11

Faceoffs         06                09

Hits               11                  10

PP                 0/0                 0/1

 

Analysis:

This period could be viewed one of two ways. It could be viewed as very poor due to their pitiful play in their own zone, or an ok period because when they played in Dallas’ zone they did dominate the play and drew a penalty. However, the fact that they had 11 giveaways to Dallas’ 4 is very concerning.

 

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to clean up the play in their own zone and fast. They cannot play in their own zone with the recklessness that they have. They need to slow the play down, and make smarter plays. Also if the Stars really force the issue, then the Capitals need to protect the puck better to prevent any takeaways.

 

Second Period:

Capitals Goal – :38 – Nicklas Backstrom (3) from Andre Burakovsky (1) and Michal Kempny (2)

Capitals Penalty – 3:11 – Braden Holtby (Stephenson) 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals Penalty – 6:44 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for Tripping

Stars Goal – 10:36 – Jamie Benn (6) from Jason Spezza (7) and Valerie Nichushkin (2)

Capitals Goal – 12:31 – Brett Connolly (2) from Dmitrij Jaskin (2)

Stars Penalty – 18:41 – Jason Dickinson 2 minutes for Interference

 

End of 2nd – DAL – 3        WAS – 2

Shots               20                 24

Faceoffs          17                 18

Hits                 15                  18

PP                   0/2                  0/1 *2nd in Progress

 

Analysis:

A better period for the Capitals that saw them strike quickly 38 seconds into the period, however, another bad play in their own zone allowed Dallas to get their 2 goal lead back. A good response by the Capitals would allow them to get another one on the board and be down by only one going into the 3rd period.

 

Side Note – Both Madison Bowey and Dmitrij Jaskin have both looked very good so far in this game, and have been worthy of the extra playing time they’ve received so far.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to utilize their powerplays better and continue to move their feet and create chaos for the Stars in their own zone. Also the Capitals need to continue playing better in their own zone.

 

Third Period:

Stars Penalty – 6:39 – Roman Polak 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals PPG – 7:57 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (6) from TJ Oshie (5) and Nicklas Backstrom (12)

 

End of 3rd – DAL – 3         WAS – 3

Shots              30                   31

Faceoffs        25                    30

Hits               19                     23

PP                 0/2                    1/3

 

OT:

Stars Penalty Shot – :59 – Tyler Seguin – Save

Stars Goal – 3:17 – Jason Dickenson (3) from unassisted

 

End of OT – DAL – 4         WAS – 3

Shots              36                   32

Faceoffs        27                    31

Hits               19                     25

PP                 0/2                    1/3

 

Analysis:

This was a tough game for the Capitals. The second half of the game was definitely better for them, but overall it was not very good. In overtime alone they were dominated by the Stars, and that is why they won, and the Capitals lost. The Capitals need to clean up the play in their own zone, and help out Braden Holtby as they have been putting him and Pheonix Copley in tough situations so far this season. The Capitals need to really get their game together as now they are going into a stretch where the challenges are going to be there and in their face.

 

Next Up:

Washington (5-4-3 13pts) v Edmonton (7-4-1 15pts)

Dallas (8-5-0 16pts) @ Boston (7-3-2 16pts)

 

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