The Dallas Stars (10-3-0) who dominated the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5-2 win Sunday, are facing the Washington Captials (9-3-0), who lost their game against the New York Islanders by a final of 5-3. The match-up will be a nice test for both teams, as both have jumped out to early-season divisional leads.
Kari Lehtonen will start in the net for the Stars while Michal Neuvirth will start in crease for the Capitals. Both teams have injuries to report as Washington defenseman Mike Green (ankle) practiced with the team on Monday but is still listed as day-t0-day while both Tom Poti (Groin) and Jay Beagle (concussion) remain out of the Caps lineup. Stars forward Steve Ott has missed two straight games with a hip-pointer and is expected to be out until this weekend.
Key players: Capitals Alex Ovechkin always appears to be at his best in games against the Dallas Stars. Look for the Stars to key in on him defensively, and try to keep him off the score sheet. The Capitals will probably focus in on the line of Loui Eriksson-Jamie Benn-Michael Ryder as they were dominating in the win against the Hurricanes and the Eriksson-Benn line has been the top line for the Stars so far this year.
The puck drops at 630 pm (CST) as this will be the first and only meeting between the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars. You can catch the game on tv with FOX Sports Southwest or on the radio side with Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket. The Dallas Stars won their first game of the four game road trip and are looking to continue their current three game winning-streak against the Capitals, who are 6-0-0 at the Verizon Center.
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Topics: Alex Ovechkin, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Jamie Benn, Jay Beagle, Kari Lehtonen, Loui Eriksson, Michael Ryder, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, New York Islanders, Steve Ott, Tom Poti, Washington Capitals