The Washington Capitals will look for their first win in Dallas since 2008 (8 p.m., CSN+). Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. The Caps will score fewer than four goals
This wouldn’t be a bold prediction if it wasn’t the Caps-Stars. Washington has scored five goals or more in five straight games. Dallas’ goaltending issues are well known at this point with Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen both managing only a .902 save percentage this season. But there’s just something about the Stars and at some point, the Caps are not going to continue scoring at this rate. If the goals don’t come early against a team with weak goaltending who Washington has not beaten since 2008, it’s not hard to imagine the Caps getting frusrated.
2. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will not get a point
The most overlooked part of Washington’s current streak is how well they are playing defensively. During the 12-game point streak, the Caps have held superstars like Vladimir Tarasenko, Claude Giroux and Patrick Kane all without a point. They will do the same to Seguin and Benn in Dallas.
3. Three goalies will play
I know. I predicted the Caps would get fewer than four goals and Dallas’ top two playmakers won’t get any points, so how does this add up? Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has shown he has a quick trigger finger when it comes to switching goalies since he has two backup caliber goalies. Plus, Philiipp Grubaer is expected to start over Braden Holtby. A mix Dallas’ atrocious goaltending mixed with Washington playing its backup will lead to someone getting pulled.
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