The Dallas Stars are still on the road, as they will hit their fourth stop on their six-game trip out of town. It’s never easy, especially for a team who have notoriously struggled on the road. It didn’t get off to a clean start, as they dropped a bad loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Five or so years ago that wouldn’t have been that bad, but the Red Wings are in full rebuild mode, allowing their young kids to get a chance.
The Stars have way more talent than the Wings and they didn’t really look interested in playing. They received the message loud and clear, though. Dallas bounced back in Montreal, 4-1, and then made it two wins in a row with a victory against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. It was a nice way to make their 0-3 record on the road look a little more respectable. Overall, the Stars hold a record of 7-5-0 after a month of action.
Washington just wrapped up a four-game road trip, which saw them get a split in Canada. Wins against the Canucks and Flames, while they fell to the Oilers and Canadiens. They threw away a 3rd period lead only to fall 6-4 in Montreal. A late flurry of goals and poor play from Braden Holtby sealed the Capitals’ fate.
The Capitals haven’t been here nor there in the first month of the 2018-19 season. They haven’t been playing nearly as sharp from where we left off last season, but that might be expected. Nonetheless, if Holtby could figure it out and get hot, then the tables might start turning in Washington. Defensively they’ve gotten off to a cold start, which has resulted in an average record of 5-4-1. Head below for our free Stars vs. Capitals pick on Saturday in the NHL.
Dallas Stars vs. Washington Capitals Pick
The Stars’ defence was the stars of their victories over the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. Their goaltending specifically saved the day. Dallas didn’t have to deal with Auston Matthews, but it was an impressive win for a team who has been keeping their fingers crossed that Ben Bishop shapes up into one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. There was a time not all that long ago when he was regarded as one of the better options between the pipes.
While he’s been good still, Bishop hasn’t been able to come close to duplicating 2015-16, when he posted a 2.06 GAA with the Lightning. The Stars were severely outshot in their last two games, as they hit the net just 22 and 19 times, while allowing 35 and 32 shots. Bishop should have been star 1, 2, and 3. He enters tonight with a nice 2.26 GAA and 0.925 save percentage. His history against the Capitals has been less than stellar, though. Bishop has been porous in 11 appearances, with a 3.46 GAA and 0.88 save percentage.
The Stars are going to have to get some shots at the net in this game. They’ve struggled to generate shots recently, averaging just 23.6 per game during this road trip. That’s not going to work against the Capitals, who have scored 3.82 goals per game and have the most feared sniper in the NHL. The Caps have scored at least 4 goals in three of their last four meetings with the Stars. After a blown game in Montreal, look for the Caps to rebound on their home ice in Washington.