Washington Capitals (7-4-0) v. Toronto Maple Leafs (5-5-1)
7:00 PM EST – Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
TV/Radio: CSN-DC; Caps Radio 1500
Last game: After another slow start in the first period, the Capitals came alive and literally blew out the Calgary Flames 7-2 Saturday night. The Caps scored six unanswered goals (all in the second period) and were highlighted by Alex Ovechkin’s two power play goals within 12 seconds and David Steckel’s penalty shot.
Possible lineup for Washington (according to Capitals Insider):
Possible lineup for Toronto:
Caputi – Bozak – Kessel
MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin
Versteeg – Brent – Brown
Sjostrom – Hanson – Orr
Beauchemin – ?
Kaberle – Schenn
Gunnarsson – Komisarek
Outlook: The Capitals return from a three-game road trip with a three-game homestand. Washington won its second 7-2 game of the season Saturday night and will look to bring the all-around production back to D.C. The line of Ovechkin/Backstrom/Semin combined for 10 points against Calgary and will stick together against the Leafs. Behind them will be Michal Neuvirth, who was recently named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October with a 7-3-0 record, 2.15 GAA and .930 SV%. Who won’t be behind them, however, are Marcus Johansson and Tom Poti, who will likely sit out due to nagging injuries.
Toronto got off to a hot start to the season, going 4-0-0. But since then, the Leafs are 1-5-1. Much like the Caps, the Leafs are suffering from injuries to key players. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf (lower body injury) is unlikely to play, while forward Colby Armstrong (broken finger) will miss a month. Phil Kessel and Clarke MacArthur have scored 13 of the Leafs’ 25 total goals this season.