banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, October 5th (All times Eastern)

Washington Capitals (1-1-0) at Dallas Stars (0-1-0), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals will try to win consecutive games when they visit the Dallas Stars for Saturday's battle at American Airlines Center.

The Capitals opened the season with a 6-4 setback in Chicago, but earned a 5-4 comeback victory in their first home game of the season on Thursday. Washington trailed the visiting Calgary Flames by three goals on two separate occasions in the home opener at Verizon Center, but Alex Ovechkin scored twice to help the Caps mount a successful comeback.

Washington fell behind 3-0 in the first period and Caps starting goaltender Braden Holtby was pulled after surrendering the first three goals on eight shots.

After cutting the deficit to 3-1 early in the second period, the Flames restored their three-goal edge with Lance Bouma's tally. However, Ovechkin scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the middle stanza and Nicklas Backstrom evened the game at 4-4 with 5:50 left in the third.

Ovechkin and Mikhail Grabovski were both successful in the shootout phase and Michal Neuvirth, who replaced Holtby, stopped two Calgary tries in the deciding phase.

"We talked about how we had 40 minutes to try to get it back," said Capitals coach Adam Oates. "We talked about a couple things we did wrong in the first period and not to give them another one. We wanted our (defense) to be more involved, but not do crazy pinches and give them a free goal -- just stay focused and get it one at a time."

Despite his rough outing on Thursday, Holtby is expected to get the start in net again tonight.

Following Saturday's game, the Caps will head back to D.C., where the club is scheduled to begin a five-game homestand in Thursday's test against Carolina.

The Stars opened their season at home on Thursday but were dealt a 4-2 setback by Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers. Marcel Goc scored the winner with 4:55 to go and added an empty-netter for Florida, while Thomas turned aside 25 shots in the win.

Lindy Ruff made his debut with the Stars, but the former longtime Buffalo Sabres head coach didn't like what he saw in his first game behind the Dallas bench.

"I expect to see a lot more battle," said Ruff, who spent 16 years coaching Buffalo. "We went by too many battles tonight. We didn't stop on pucks. And I really feel we built our preseason over most of that, and we took some of those plays for granted tonight."

Brenden Dillon had a goal and an assist while Alex Chiasson also scored for the Stars, who missed the playoffs for a fifth straight year last season. Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 38 shots.

After beginning the season with two straight home tests, the Stars will head out on a three-game road trip. The trek begins Friday in Winnipeg, giving Dallas five days off in between games.

The Caps and Stars didn't face each other in the lockout-shortened season of 2013, but Dallas has claimed three straight in the series and is 8-1-1 in its last 10 matchups against Washington.

The Stars also have taken four of the past five encounters in Big D and the Caps are 2-8-1 in Dallas since last winning on the road in this series on Oct. 17, 1995.

Washington will not have defenseman Jack Hillen tonight after he was injured in Thursday's game. Hillen left the game in the first period after getting slammed into the boards by Calgary's Bouma.

10/05 10:48:38 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Hurricanes Oilers Hockey 7
Eberle powers Oilers past Hurricanes 6-3

It was just last week that the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes were the two remaining teams without a win in the NHL.

Related Stories
  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big Ten: Michigan at Michigan State

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
2nd
UVA 21
UNC 14
 
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Half
WISC 24
MD 0
 
Half
SMU 7
MEM 31
 
3rd
ILL 14
MINN 3
 
Half
RICE 14
UNT 21
 
Half
NEB 21
RUTG 7
 
Half
KST 13
TEX 0
 
Half
ARK 35
UAB 0
 
2nd
UVA 21
UNC 14
 
1st
EMICH 7
NILL 7
 
2nd
NAVY 0
SJST 3
 
2:00pm Today
BST
AKR
2:00pm Today
GASTATE
GASO
2:00pm Today
TOL
UMASS
2:00pm Today
WMICH
OHIO
2:00pm Today
COL
UCLA
2:30pm Today
UMO
KSU
3:30pm Today
WAKE
BC
3:30pm Today
BUF
CMICH
3:30pm Today
MARS
FATL
3:30pm Today
PITT
GT
3:30pm Today
SMISS
LATU
3:30pm Today
MSU
MICH
3:30pm Today
KENT
MSST
3:30pm Today
STAN
ORST
3:30pm Today
TCU
TTU
3:30pm Today
OKST
WVU
4:00pm Today
WKENT
ODU
4:00pm Today
UTST
UNLV
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
VANDY
5:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
6:00pm Tonight
WASU
ARZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
LAMON
TXST
7:00pm Tonight
TXSANANTO
UTEP
7:00pm Tonight
COLST
WYO
7:15pm Tonight
LSU
MISS
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
ALA
7:30pm Tonight
AUB
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
4:00pm Today
SJS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
NJD
7:00pm Tonight
MON
NYR
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST