Gameday Preview – 1/4/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Dallas Stars

Washington Capitals (24-11-3 51pts) v. Dallas Stars (21-16-4 46pts)

 

Time: 8p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington+ and Fox Sports Southwest+

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals come to Dallas to take on the Stars for the second leg of their three game road trip. The Capitals have not been able to play a full 60 minutes lately, and as of the result have been dominated by their opponents, and have given up a total of 11 goals. The Capitals will look to end their two game losing streak and get themselves back on track.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Nic Dowd — Dmitrij Jaskin

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Matt Niskanen — Dmitry Orlov

Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Boyd, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Christian Djoos (leg)

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Play hard and Dominate

The past two games have seen the Capitals get the lead in the first half of their games only to be dominated in the second half of those games that have seen them give up 5 straight goals and 4 straight goals respectively in those losses. The Capitals need to put in a better overall effort.

 

Dallas Stars:

Projected Lineup:

Jamie Benn — Tyler Seguin — Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark — Devin Shore — Jason Spezza

Blake Comeau — Radek Faksa — Tyler Pitlick

Valeri Nichushkin — Roope Hintz — Denis Gurianov

Esa Lindell — John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen — Roman Polak

Julius Honka — Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Brett Ritchie, Connor Carrick

Injured: Stephen Johns (upper body), Marc Methot (lower body), Jason Dickinson (upper body), Martin Hanzal (back)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Keep the Fire

The Stars are currently on the hot seat after their team CEO blasted their top two players publicly in the press, and that has fired them up and has helped them move into a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Stars will need to keep that fire, and impose their will upon a struggling Capitals team.

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