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Game Preview: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs

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It’s game two of the second last back to back of the season, and it’s against Washington because of course it is.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals
Matthews doesn’t need to skate to score
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Last night the Toronto Maple Leafs put the Sabres in their place, scoring three goals in 39 seconds, Auston Matthews making the rookie scoring record his own, and did I mention 3 goals in 39 seconds?

Tonight should be more of a challenge, however, as the Washington Capitals are in town. The Number one team in the Eastern Conference, who will most likely wallop whatever Atlantic teams limps into the second wild card spot.

The Maple Leafs and the Capitals last met in January, the first game after the Centennial Classic, and it was a high scoring affair, with no team really owning the scoreboard for any length of time. The Capitals came out with a 6-5 overtime victory, Alexander Ovechkin shutting things down less than 30 seconds into the extra frame.

Coming into Toronto, the Capitals are 8-1-1 in their last ten, not taking their foot off the gas heading into the playoffs. that one regulation loss was 6-3 to the Coyotes, lol.

With the Leafs record not as sparkling as the Capitals, they’ll need to keep the energy and excitement flowing over from last night in Buffalo.

Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30PM - Air Canada Centre
TV: TSN4 / Radio: TSN1050
SBN: Japers Rink


Toronto

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin - Brian Boyle - Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly - Connor Carrick
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak

Curtis McElhinney
Frederik Andersen

Washington

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk

Philipp Grubauer
Brayden Holtby


Quick Numbers

- Toronto Washington
- Toronto Washington
Record 39-24-15 52-18-8
Division 2nd 1st
Conference 6th 1st
League 12th 1st
Goal Differential 242 / 228 = +14 254 / 178 - +76
Power Play 24.3% - 2nd 23.4% - 3rd
Penalty Kill 83.0% - 8th 84.2% - 7th
Most Goals Auston Matthews - 39 Ovechkin / Oshie - 33
Most Points Auston Matthews - 67 Nicklas Backstrom - 84
Top Goalie Frederik Andersen - .919sv% Brayden Holtby - .924sv%

Reading:

Maple Leafs focused on big picture of playoffs, not Olympics decision - Sportsnet

Andersen becoming an elite puckmover - TSN

Probability of playoffs is now Wayne Gretzky Wilf Paiement percent - Katya

1 For, 1 Against: Shooting Stars - Arvind

Remember folks, have fun at the game, have fun watching the game, and BUDS. ALL. DAY.