Stars-Capitals Preview

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 5:09 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
Share with your Friends

Stars-Capitals Preview
Previewing Tuesday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals.

Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
Tuesday, April 1
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (View channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (36-27-11) are coming off a 4-2 victory in St. Louis Saturday. It was the second straight win for the Stars and snapped a four-game losing streak on the road. The victory left the Stars one point behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with one game in hand.

“We know we’ve got to win these big games against top teams if we are going to get into that wild card spot,” said Stars center Vernon Fiddler. “We’ve got a lot of guys willing to pay the price and do whatever it takes. We haven’t accomplished that yet, but it’s a step in the right direction.”

Tuesday’s game kicks off a stretch of four straight road games against Eastern Conference teams. The Stars also play Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida.

“It was a huge two points in St. Louis. We know this road trip is in our hands to take,” said Stars defenseman Jordie Benn. “We need to take this road trip.”

The Stars recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Monday due to an injury to defenseman Aaron Rome. Nemeth is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday.

Rome and forward Erik Cole (upper body) did not practice Monday but are both accompanying the team on the road trip.

Injuries: F Erik Cole (upper body), D Aaron Rome (lower body) and F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) are out.

About the Capitals

The Capitals (34-28-13) are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss in Nashville on Sunday. It was the third straight loss (0-1-2) for the Capitals, who are one point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but have played one more game than Columbus, the team holding that final spot.

“There aren’t enough games left to be too positive about only getting one point,” said Washington defenseman John Carlson. “It is a point, but it’s only going to make our road harder. I thought we were just a little bit lackadaisical here and there throughout the game.”

The Capitals play this one game at home and then hit the road for games against New Jersey, New York Islanders, St. Louis and Carolina.

Injuries: D Jack Hillen (upper body) is questionable. F Brooks Laich (groin), and F Aaron Volpatti (upper body) are out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars won the first meeting, defeating Washington in Dallas, 2-1, on Oct. 5

*The Stars have won four straight games against Washington and are 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Capitals.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 4-1-0 in their last five games.

*The Capitals are 1-1-3 in their last five.

*Washington is the top power play team in the NHL at 24.2 percent and has scored 18 power play goals over their last 16 games.

*The Stars are 3-10 (30.0 percent) on the power play over the last four games and 7-11 (63.6 percent) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*The Stars are 11-14-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*Washington is 12-8-5 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars are 0-6-1 in their last seven road games vs. the East.

*Washington has lost two straight at home, but is 5-2-2 over the last nine at home.

*Washington forward Alexander Ovechkin leads the NHL with 48 goals, but hasn’t scored an even strength goal in 15 games. He has seven power play goals during that 15-game stretch.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin ranks fifth in the NHL with 76 points (32 goals, 44 assists). His 32 goals rank ninth.

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.




1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54


J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 1 5 0 .877 3.16
#LONESTARSSTATE GAMEDAY FAN is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Corporate Partnerships | Contact UsPrivacy Policy | AdChoices | Job Opportunities | Terms of Use | Site Map | Find us on Google+