Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Lines, Tale of the Tape, Players To Watch
The Washington Capitals will look to keep things going against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here’s what to know before puck drop.
Back on Thursday, the Washington Capitals played their "most important game of the year" against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they prevailed with a convincing 3-2 shootout victory to get some leverage in the standings. They'll look to keep things going against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Sunday afternoon showdown up north.
Here's everything to know before puck drop:
Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Tale of the Tape
The Capitals (26-19-6) are coming off a huge win, one where they saw their offense click and the power play convert. The defense was also impressive, protecting the puck well while Darcy Kuemper was also strong between the pipes.
Some key stats for Washington:
PP%: 20.5 (19th)
PK%: 81.8 (8th)
GF/G: 3.14 (16th)
GA/G: 2.78 (10th)
The Maple Leafs (30-12-8) is coming off a rough 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, and are also without the services of Auston Matthews, who is out for a minimum of three weeks due to a knee sprain. However, they're still dangerous, and Ilya Samsonov has been having a decent bounceback season for the Leafs, who can still do a lot of damage and don't give up too much.
Some key stats for Toronto:
PP%: 24.4 (8th)
PK%: 74.4% (16th)
GF/G: 3.36 (8th)
GA/G: 2.68 (7th)
Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Lines
With Tom Wilson (lower-body) and Nic Dowd (lower-body) unavailable through the All-Star break, and John Carlson still out long-term, Washington appears to be running with the same lines as last game. There's no morning skate with the game starting early, but here are the projected lines based on Saturday's practice:
Alex Ovechkin-Dylan Strome-T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Anthony Mantha
Sonny Milano-Nicklas Backstrom-Marcus Johansson
Nicolas Aube-Kubel-Lars Eller-Garnet Hathaway
Erik Gustafsson-Trevor van Riemsdyk
Dmitry Orlov-Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin-Martin Fehervary
Kuemper starts, with Charlie Lindgren backing up.
Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Players To Watch
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin has goals in back-to-back games… Dylan Strome has points in four of his last five games… Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov have points in three of their last four outings… Dmitry Orlov has three points in his last four contests.
Maple Leafs: William Nylander is on a six-game point streak, with 11 points over that span… Mitch Marner has points in six of his last seven and 12 of his last 14 games overall… John Tavares has points in three straight… Calle Jarnkrok has goals in two of his last four.
How To Tune In
Local fans can catch the action live on NBC Sports Washington and tune in at WJFK 106.7 The Fan and Caps Radio 24/7. Toronto fans up north can watch on TSN4. The game is also on NHL Network.
Puck drop is at 5 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena.