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LGD: One game away from being one game away

When’s the last time you had this much fun watching playoff hockey? And by fun, I mean how often do you check your vital signs while watching these games?

The Leafs head into game four of their first round series against the best regular season team in the league with a 2-1 lead and at least one more home game (tonight).

It’s been a wild series, with just one goal separating the two teams in a series that has seen an average of more than one overtime per game.

If you could find a tighter set of three games, they’ve probably been manufactured.

The Leafs

It’s been the same lineup for a long time, save for the lack of Polak. I have no new takes, other than they’ve played pretty well so far this series.

The Capitals

Defensive Pairings
Nate Schmidt
Nate Schmidt
John Carlson
John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov
Dmitri Orlov
Matt Niskanen
Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik
Brooks Orpik
Kevin Shattenkirk
Kevin Shattenkirk

Pending UFA, and future Toronto Maple Leaf (at least according to one TSN member) Karl Alzner also appears to be out for tonight’s game.

Starting goalies

Holtby vs. Andersen tonight. No surprise.
106 saves, 116 shots vs. 111 saves, 120 shots. Is goaltending the difference in this series? Probably not, at least not yet.

Holtby did go down today in practice, but it sounds like he’ll still be starting tonight.

Where to watch

CBC, 7 pm, if you’re not lucky enough to make it into the ACC (or at least Maple Leaf Square).

  • DukesRocks

    The Caps are a wounded animal and will be playing desperate hockey. Hopefully the Leafs will match them hit for hit and push the pace with their speed. One key is, to pound on OV and Backstrom every chance you get, hopefully the Kadri line can take their physical game to the next level. Lastly, I haven’t like the officiating for all 3 games. Twice the Leafs have been down 2 players on the PK, the Caps none. Overall the Caps have had the advantage in PP time. Anderson and our PK is the reason we are ahead 2 game to 1.