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Friday, October 17th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (1-2-1-0) at Dallas Stars (2-2-0-0), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars try to halt a two-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to AmericanAirlines Center.

Since opening the season with victories over Anaheim and Nashville, Dallas has been defeated by both Buffalo and Boston. On Wednesday, the Stars dropped a 2-0 match to the Bruins in the opener of a four-game homestand.

Marty Turco made just 11 saves for Dallas, which outshot the Bruins, 27-13. The Stars hit the post four times -- twice by center Jason Arnott -- and failed to capitalize on six power plays.

The Stars also continued a telling trend of the young season, as they lost when scored upon first. Dallas is 2-0 when tallying the opening goal and 0-2 when the opposite occurs.

Dave Tippett's club played without right wing, and 2003 Selke winner, Jere Lehtinen, who was scratched with back spasms. Lehtinen is questionable for this evening.

The Stars will resume their current set Sunday against Minnesota.

Washington, meanwhile, is 0-2-1 since an impressive 6-1 pounding of the NY Islanders on opening night. Tuesday the Caps dropped a 5-1 contest in Montreal.

Robert Lang scored in defeat, while backup goaltender Sebastien Charpentier made 25 saves. Washington scored six goals in its season-opening pounding of the Isles, but has totaled the same amount combined in the three games since.

Jaromir Jagr has been held off the scoresheet in consecutive contests after posting two goals and two assists in the first pair of games.

The Capitals will play the third portion of a six-game road trip tonight. They'll pick things up Saturday in St. Louis.

Dallas went 2-0 against Washington last season and is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings. The Caps have lost in six of their last seven trips to Big D.

10/17 10:31:07 ET

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