The Washington Capitals (16-5-1) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-10-5) tonight at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. In the last meeting on November 7, Nicklas Backstrom scored with 0:08 seconds left in regulation to tie the game. The Capitals then went on to win it 3-2 in a shootout.
Leafs On Fire
The Maple Leafs, under new head coach Mike Babcock, have been playing some solid hockey and are currently 7-10-5, and just eight points out of a wild card playoff spot. The Leafs are led in the scoring department by Tyler Bozak, who has 14 points through 22 games.
Capitals’ Opponents Seeing Red
The Capitals are coming off a solid showing in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and are now 7-2-1 in their last ten games, including their four-game win streak . The Caps are led in scoring by Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last five games.
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Players to Watch
WSH- Braden Holtby: In his career, Holtby is 32-11-5 on Saturday, with a 2.11 GAA, a .927 save percentage, and eight shutouts. On the season, the Caps are 5-0-0 on Saturdays and have outscored their opponents 21-10. Holtby has gone 5-0-0 in his last five starts
TOR- James van Riemsdyk: the hulking 6’3″ forward is a dangerous scorer for the Leafs. In the last two seasons (162 games played), he has 117 points (57 goals, 60 assists). He is a dangerous net-front presence and the Capitals defense will have to clear him out of the crease.
Braden Holtby will get the start in net for the Capitals tonight. When Holtby played two games in two nights last season, he was 4-3-1 with a .914 save percentage.
Jonathan Bernier will be in net for the Leafs. This is Bernier’s first start since November 15th, and second start in the month of November.