Where: Capital One Arena
When: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have non-conference NHL hockey to discuss for Tuesday night when the Dallas Stars of the Western Conference meet the Eastern Conference's Washington Capitals for what could be a terrific battle. Dallas is 0-3 this season and their probable starting goaltender for tonight is Ben Bishop. Washington is off to a 2-0-1 start to their season and their probable goaltender is Braden Holtby.
Dallas Three One Goal LossesDallas is off to an unlucky start to their season with three-successive one loss games with two of those losses on their current three-game road trip that ends Tuesday night in Washington. The Stars are competitive and that is a good thing to see. Dallas lost by a score of 4-3 to the Detroit Red Wings and was led by Roope Hintz with a pair of goals and Tyler Seguin potted his first goal of the year in a losing cause for Dallas.
Jason Dickinson, Blake Comeau, and Roman Polak are all out for Dallas for Tuesday night’s game with Washington. These aren’t major injuries but significant as each is solid rotation players for the Stars
Bishop (0-2, 2.58) has been strong this season with just three goals allowed over 50 shots faced. Losing two-one goal games without allowing more than two goals must be frustrating for Bishop but he plays on a team that hasn’t found the back of the net often enough for Bishop to win. The veteran netminder is up against a Capitals offense that has scored seven goals over their three games this season and Bishop will need to be at his best if the Stars are to defeat the Capitals on Tuesday night.
Washington Overtime Loss to CarolinaWashington is off to a strong, 2-0-1 start to the 2020 season and is coming off a tough overtime loss Sunday evening against the Carolina Panthers. T.J. Oshie scored his second goal of the season and Garnet Hathaway tallied the other Capitals goal. Washington had six shorthanded opportunities and failed to score on any of them and Braden Holtby allowed three goals over 28 shots on goal for his first loss of the season.
Holtby (1-0-1, 2.37) is having a strong start to his season and Corsica Hockey lists Holtby as one of the top goaltenders thus far this season. Holtby has stopped 45 of the 50 shots he’s faced and has a top 10 xSV% of 91.53 percent that is much higher than his 90 percent save percentage. Holtby is facing a Dallas offense that has sputtered more than it’s sparked and has scored six goals over its last three games.
- Capitals are 7-3 in their last 10 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
- Capitals are 39-17 in their last 56 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Capitals are 9-4 in their last 13 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.
- Capitals are 40-18 in their last 58 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Stars are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Stars are 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog of +110 to +150.
- Stars are 0-6 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Stars are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Stars are 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog.