Game Day: Capitals in Toronto

According to Caps Today, the Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday in the third and final meeting between the teams this season. Washington holds a 73-57-10-6 record against Toronto all-time. Last time the teams met it was during the Caps long losing streak. Hopefully they will show the Leafs that they have turned a corner! Game time is 7 pm and will air locally on NBC Sports Washington.

The Toronto Sun reports that: “
William Nylander into the injured Nazem Kadri’s spot” for tonight’s game, changing it up a bit. He has 12 points in 31 games. Also tonight: “Frederik Andersen starts in goal for the Leafs, his 300th NHL game. Babcock is changing up his defence a bit, teaming Jake Muzzin and Travis Dermott, but he cautioned the final pairings closer to playoffs are a work in progress.

Caps lines

Ovechkin Kuznetsov Wilson

Vrana Backstrom Oshie

Burakovsky Eller Connolly

Stephenson Dowd Boyd

Kempny & Carlson

Orlov & Niskanen

Orpik & Djoos

Holtby opposite Anderson in the net.

New guy Hagelin won’t join the team tonight

Ovi Watch

Alex Oechkin, who has 38 career goals against the Leafs, the most against a team the Capitals haven’t shared a division with since 2005-06, and two career hat tricks against Toronto, scored his 41st and 42nd goals of the season against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, marking his 10th multi-goal game this season and his 130th career game where he has scored at least two goals. With 22 Capitals games remaining in 2018-19, Alex Ovechkin is aiming to become the third player in NHL history to record 50 goals in a season at least eight times (Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy: nine). Ovechkin is the only player with at least 200 goals since the end of the 2012-13 campaign, in which he led the NHL with 32 goals over a 48-game schedule (matching the lowest goal total of his career). He has scored 43 percent of his career goals over the course of the five seasons since (278 of 649), hitting the 50-goal mark three times, winning four of five Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies, climbing from 110th to 14th on the NHL’s all-time goals list and capturing the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy – all after celebrating his 28th birthday. Ovechkin’s average of 0.60 goals per game since the start of 2013-14 (278g in 461 games played) is just shy of his career average prior to that season (0.62 from 2005-06 to 2012-13: 371g in 601 games played). Of the 19 players with at least 600 NHL regular-season goals, only three had a goals-per-game average better than 0.55 after age 28: Bobby Hull (0.65), Mario Lemieux (0.63) and Phil Esposit

(Caps Today)

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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