Leafs (5-5-1) vs Capitals (7-4-1)
The Leafs will play their first game ever without Captain Dion Phaneuf tonight and as luck would have it, they play Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Playing their second game in as many nights will not help their cause either, after losing 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators yesterday. The Leafs were on their way to being shutout for a third straight game until 5 minutes into the 3rd Period when Nikolai Kulemin scored. That ended the Leafs’ franchise-record goal-less streak at 167 minutes and 39 seconds. The Leafs’ secondary scoring has to show up for them to post a W against the Caps.
Lebda is in to replace Phaneuf in the line up.
Schenn will benefit from added ice time due to Phaneuf’’s injury. Look for Wilson to even use him on that PP1 unit.
Washington’s powerplay finally woke up on Saturday against Calgary, scoring 3 goals. Washington also erupted for 6 goals in the 2nd Period.
Jonas Gustavsson (1-2-0, 0.921 SV%, 2.36 GAA)
Michael Neuvirth (7-3-9, 0.926 SV%, 2.15 GAA)
Colby Armstrong: Out 4-6 Weeks (Broken Finger)
Dion Phaneuf: Out Minimum 4 Weeks (Cut Leg)
Tom Poti: Day-to-Day (Lower Body)
Semyon Varlamov: Day-to-Day (Groin)
Marcus Johansson: Day-to-Day (Hip)
TOR: 11 GP, 5-5-1, 11 Points (3rd in Northeast, 9th in Conference)
WSH: 11 GP, 7-4-0, 14 Points (2nd in Southeast, 4th in Conference)
TOR on the Road: 2-2-0
WSH at Home: 4-1-1
Leafs Road Scoring: 2.5 (15th)
Caps Home GA: 2.2 (5th)
Caps Home Scoring: 3.4 (9th)
Leafs Road GA: 3.25 (21st)
Caps Home PP: 9.52% (24th)
Leafs Road PK: 82.35% (20th)
Leafs Road PP: 10.53% (23rd)
Caps Home PK: 95.45% (3rd)