3 things to know for Capitals-Stars: The rematch

J.J. Regan
NBC Sports Washington

After three straight losses, the Capitals (2-1-2) head to Dallas for a rematch with the Stars (1-3-1). The Caps lost to Dallas on Tuesday, which remains the Stars' only win of the season to this point.

You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Washington, with Caps FaceOff Live at kicking things off at 7 p.m. before Caps Pregame Live begins at 7:30 p.m. to bring you up to the 8 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington afterward for Caps Postgame Live and Caps Overtime Live as well.

Here are three things to know for Saturday's game.

The Caps lost to Dallas four days ago

Washington played its best period of the season on Tuesday as they outshot Dallas 14-5 and jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to Evgeny Kuznetsov's first goal of the season. The Caps could not shake Dallas, coughed up a 2-1 lead in the third and needed a goal from Nicklas Backstrom with the goalie pulled just to force overtime. Tyler Seguin ended the game 43 seconds into overtime, scoring on a 2-on-1 after a turnover from Alex Ovechkin.

The Caps have blown a third-period lead in three straight games

Washington has lost three straight giving up a third-period lead in each loss. This was particularly egregious Thursday against the Nashville Predators when the Caps coughed up a 4-2 lead, retook a 5-4 lead, coughed it up again and lost in regulation. In total, Washington gave up four leads in that game. They only trialed when Nashville took the 6-5 lead which was ultimately the final score.

This is a cloud that will hang over the team's head until they are able to hold onto a lead and pull out a win.

The Caps still struggle with Dallas

Tuesday's loss drops Washington's record against Dallas in the Ovechkin era to 5-10-4. It was also the third straight game between these two teams that Dallas has won in overtime.


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