Washington Capitals (24-12-3) vs Dallas Stars (21-16-4) Live NHL Ice Hockey on JAN 04TH, 2019 08:00 PM EDT at Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Sharp commentary by Dallas Stars president Jim Lites on Tyler Seguin and captain Jamie Benn seem to have hit home. The duo hopes to continue their offensive from the announcement of these comments when the Stars end their four-game family match on Friday against the Washington Capitals.
Dallas beat the American Airlines Center 2-0-1 earlier in the day after Lites talked a lot about Seguin and Benn, who joined their goals for four goals and two assists in three games. However, Benn suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over New Jersey and considered daily. Captain Alex Ovechkin finished his six-game series without goals on Thursday, but that did not stop Washington from achieving a five-game winning streak on the road when he started a three-game walk with a 5-2 loss to St. Louis. The 33-year-old Russian has scored a total of 30 goals, the second player in league history (Mike Gartner) to start his career with 14 consecutive seasons with 30 goals.
TV: 8 pm Eastern Time, NBCS Washington Plus, FS Southwest Plus (Dallas)
Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars: News
THE CAPITALS (24-12-3):
Defender Matt Niskanen scored two penalty minutes and a differential of minus 2 in 21 minutes and 23 seconds of ice time on Thursday after missing two games due to an injury to the Upper part of the body. Ovechkin joined Gartner (15 seasons from 1979 to 1994) and Jaromir Jagr (15 from 1991 to 2007) as the only NHL player who scored at least 30 goals in 14 consecutive seasons or more. Blue line player Michal Kempny scored two assists against the Blues, which is his total of the last 13 games.
THE STARS (21-16-4):
Rookie defender Miro Heiskanen celebrated his stellar choice with his second career performance with two goals on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Finn, who also scored two goals on November 23 against Ottawa tied with strikers Devin Shore and Alexander Radulov for leading the team with three winning goals. Seguin, who recorded his third two-goal performance of the season in the Devils’ victory, has a pass of 300 assists, the highest of his career.
Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars: Betting Odds
- Stars D Julius Honka, who left Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury, trained the next day and should part of the Capitals’ training.
- Washington RW T.J. Oshie has played three goalless games, keeping him close to 200 in his career.
- Dallas recalled Erik Condra of Texas and assigned his RW teammate Denis Gurianov to the American Hockey League club.
Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars: Prediction
Capitals 4, Stars 2