The Dallas Stars build on a successful road trip when they play the Washington Capitals tonight

What a difference a week makes. Last week we tried to figure out what was wrong with the Stars road game. Today they are back at the AAC after a successful four-game road trip. Successful as they won all four matches.

Not only did they win all four games, but they defeated their opponents 18-10 in the four games. Once again, the Stars attack begins with their top line: Pavelski, Hintz and Robertson. Those three lead the team in scoring goals.

Dallas has an excellent chance to continue their winning streak tonight as they return to the AAC for the start of a six-game home standings. While Dallas has been so good at home, this six-game spell could be the defining moment for this season. Five of the six opponents are currently in a play-off position.


Potential lines in Dallas

Jason Robertson (21) – Roope Hintz (24) – Joe Pavelski (16)
Jamie Benn (14) – Tyler Seguin (91) – Denis Gurianov (34)
Joel Kiviranta (25) – Jacob Peterson (40) – Alexander Radulov (47)
Tanner Kero (64) – Radek Faksa (12) – Luke Glendening (11)

Ryan Suter (20) – Miro Heiskanen (4)
Esa Lindell (23) – John Klingberg (3)
Joel Hanley (44) – Jani Hakanpaa (2)

Brad Holtby (70)

Jake Oettinger (29)

Both Klingberg and Faksa appear to be pulling back after missing the final game against the New Jersey Devils. Holtby will face Washington for the first time since leaving the team.


Washington’s Capitals

The Capitals are currently fourth in the Metropolitan Division. However, that doesn’t really tell the story. The three teams ahead (Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers) are all tied at 60 points, while Washington has 55 points.

Washington averages just over three goals per game while conceding just 2.59 goals. No surprise here, but Washington is led in points and goals by Alex Ovechkin. The sharp shooter has netted 29 goals and 29 assists this season. The next closest goalscorer to them is Evgeny Kuznetsov with 13.


Potential Washington Lines

Alex Ovechkin (8) – Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) – Tom Wilson (43)
Conor Sheary (73) – Nicklas Backstrom (19) – Daniel Leap (10)
Carl Hagelin (62) – Lars Eller (20) – Grenade Hathaway (21)
Joe Snively (91) – Nic Dowd (26) – Brett Leason (49)

Martin Fehervary (42) – John Carlson (74)
Dmitry Orlov (9) – Justin Schultz (2)
Michal Kempny (6) – Trevor van Riemsdyk (57)

Vitek Vanacek (41)

Ilya Samsonov (30)

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