DALLAS — Riding a five-game winning streak, the Washington Capitals are looking for their first victory against the Dallas Stars since October 2008.
This game is the last of Washington’s three-game road trip. The Capitals won the first two games, becoming the fastest team in NHL history to reach 40 wins. The road has been kind to the team this year: Washington’s 20 road wins are the most road victories through a team’s first 27 road games in NHL history.
Capitals Coach Barry Trotz made one change to his lineup, inserting Stanislav Galiev on the fourth line and scratching Michael Latta. That move was likely made to add more speed to the lineup against one of the fastest teams in the league in Dallas.
Washington will have to contend with one of the NHL’s elite duos in Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who have combined for 122 points and are both in the top-four for points. The Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are coming off a good game, as Backstrom had three assists and Ovechkin had a hat trick against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Goaltender Braden Holtby will start for the Capitals, and he has a just one regulation loss in his last 32 games. He’s 35-5-3 this season with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 15-5-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
The Capitals’ lineup is below, and the discussion thread is now open.
Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
Jason Chimera-Marcus Johansson-Tom Wilson
Brooks Laich-Mike Richards-Stanislav Galiev
Nate Schmidt-John Carlson
Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov-Taylor Chorney
Braden Holtby (starter)
Brooks Orpik (lower-body)
Jay Beagle (hand)