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Capitals at Leafs: More chances for Don Cherry to yell about Russians

WASHINGTON DC - DECEMBER 06:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals is knocked into the goal by Fredrik Sjostrom #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on December 6 2010 in Washington DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON DC - DECEMBER 06: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals is knocked into the goal by Fredrik Sjostrom #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on December 6 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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* I swear there are no Mike Komisarek jokes in this post *

The Washington Capitals return to the Air Canada Centre tonight, looking to avenge a crippling meltdown and subsequent SO loss on December 6th.  In that game, the Leafs overcame a three goal third period deficit, mostly on the back of center Mikhail Grabovski.  The young Belarusian has scored 10 points in nine career games against the Caps, and he'll be the player Washington will look to neutralize tonight.  Expect the Leafs to respond in a similar fashion, as Luke Schenn was able to hold Alex Ovechkin in check last time and should get the call again.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere will get the nod for the Leafs in net.  Braden Holtby was first off the ice this morning, so he's the Caps starter in all likelihood.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jean-Sebastien Giguere 21 1159 9 7 52 2.69 518 466 .900 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Braden Holtby               6 263 3 2 14 3.19 109 95 .872 0

Injuries and lines after the jump...

Injuries:

TOR - Colton Orr, Fredrik Sjostrom

WAS - Alex Semin, Michael Neuvirth, maybe some other people

 

Lines:

Mac - Grabbo - Kule

Crabb - Bozak - Phil

Army - Boyce - Steeg

Rosie - Brent - The Terminator

Beauch - Dion

Kabs - OLAS

Gunnar - Komi

Giggy