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Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia Attendance: 18,573
Caps look to maintain strong start vs. winless Stars
Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
- This is the first time the Stars have begun the season with three regulation losses since 1988-89 (four losses as Minnesota North Stars). They are 0-for-6 on the power play -- this is the first time in the last 30 seasons where their first three games did not include a power-play goal.
- Washington has earned a point in each game this season despite scoring three or fewer goals in each game. No team has gone four straight games doing such to start the season since the 2012-13 Devils (five straight).
- Washington has earned points in five of its last six games against Dallas despite being outscored, 19-18. Prior to that, the Stars had won nine straight against the Capitals.
- Roope Hintz scored two goals against Detroit on Sunday, his second career multi-goal game. He now has three goals this season after having nine in 58 games last season. He has 14 points (7g, 7a) in his last 17 games dating back to last season after having 11 points (5g, 6a) in his first 44 games.
- The Capitals have earned points in seven straight games dating back to last season when Braden Holtby is behind the net. Holtby's 33-19-6 record since last season ranks sixth among goalies with at least 50 starts.
- After scoring the Caps' first goal of the season, Alex Ovechkin has been held without a point. He has been held without a point in four of his last five games against the Stars.
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The Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars each have found themselves involved in a trio of one-goal decisions to begin the season, with vastly different results.
The Capitals aim to rebound from their first misstep of the young campaign on Tuesday when they host the winless Stars, who are off to their worst three-game start since 1998 -- when the franchise was located in Minnesota.
T.J. Oshie scored a goal for the second time in as many nights for Washington, which let a two-goal lead slip away in a 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina on Saturday.
"Always disappointing to be ahead in a game like that, and then see us let them back in it," Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. "And then ultimately, we get the extra point. Five (points) out of six -- if you were looking at it to start the year -- would be something that would be above average from what we're looking for. I think we did some good things in these three games, and some stuff to grow on."
Washington's power play, traditionally a strength of the club over recent years, has been sluggish out of the gate. The Capitals failed on all six opportunities with the man advantage versus the Hurricanes to drop to 2-for-11 on the season.
Washington is expected to receive a boost from the return of Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was suspended for the season's first three games by the NHL last month for "inappropriate conduct." The 27-year-old Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine in May at the World Championships while representing the Russian national team.
"He is obviously a superior player in the league," Reirden said of Kuznetsov, who answered his career-best totals in goals (27) and points (83) in 2017-18 with 21 and 72, respectively, last season.
"We've seen his best a couple of years ago to help us win a Stanley Cup, so he can do a number of different things for us. You miss a player like that, certainly."
Kuznetsov scored a goal in the first of two meetings with Dallas last season, when the Stars took two overtime victories.
Dallas hasn't been as fortunate in the early going of this season.
"We're in tight games and we're not a high-scoring team, so we're going to have to win these games, so of course it's frustrating," Mattias Janmark said following Sunday's 4-3 setback to Detroit. "There's things we've got to do better to end up on the right side."
One notable thing is to take fewer penalties, as the Stars were whistled for eight of them versus the Red Wings.
"We just have to be better than this," captain Jamie Benn said. "We can't take that many penalties against a good young team, especially with that kind of speed."
Tyler Seguin, who Sunday scored for the first time this season, capped a two-goal performance by converting 3:37 into overtime of a 2-1 win against Washington last Jan. 4.
Roope Hintz, who set up Seguin's winner in that game, increased his team-leading goal total to three with two tallies versus Detroit.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 7, 2019