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LGD: Leafs Storm the Capital

Much like the War of 1812, the Leafs are hot and ready in Washington, D.C. Ready to set ablaze their house, the Leafs look to continue their winning ways against the Capitals tonight. It will be the Battle of (skate) BLADEnsburg.

Against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, the Leafs will face their first team that appeared in the playoffs last season. They have had relatively easier competition than the rest of the league, but they have shown their offensive prowess throughout the last week.

With a win tonight, you can now say “they were 4-1”.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU
Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES
Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM
Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO
Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON
LD RD
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY
Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER
Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT
Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

The Leafs are doing a good job rotating through the roster and giving each of their players some actual ice-time this year. No more Josh Leivo or Frank Corrado rotting in the press box, everyone is getting their chance to earn a job.

Upfront, Andreas Johnsson makes his return to the lineup and Tyler Ennis has his first healthy scratch of the season. With Frederik Gauthier being not a complete tirefire against the Red Wings, he has earned his stay for at least this game. Kasperi Kapanen remains his speedy self on the wing of the Best Player on the Planet.

On the blueline, Igor Ozhiganov makes his return and Martin Marincin has to make way. There is really nothing of note about this move unless you feel very passionate about either player.

Capitals Lines

LW C RW
Alex Ovechkin
ALEX OVECHKIN
Evgeny Kuznetsov
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
Chandler Stephenson
CHANDLER STEPHENSON
Jakub Vrana
JAKUB VRANA
Nicklas Backstrom
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
T.J. Oshie
T.J. OSHIE
Andre Burakovsky
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY
Lars Eller
LARS ELLER
Brett Connolly
BRETT CONNOLLY
Dmitrij Jaskin
DMITRIJ JASKIN
Nic Dowd
NIC DOWD
Devante Smith-Pelly
DEVANTE SMITH-PELLY
LD RD
Michal Kempny
MICHAL KEMPNY
John Carlson
JOHN CARLSON
Dmitri Orlov
DMITRI ORLOV
Matt Niskanen
MATT NISKANEN
Brooks Orpik
BROOKS ORPIK
Christian Djoos
CHRISTIAN DJOOS

The Capitals are sporting some pretty deep forward lines – some of the best players in the entire sport are within these lines. But the Leafs are still pretty good. The usual names are prominent; Ovi, Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Oshie, etc. etc. You know what is coming from these players.

On the blueline, the Caps are fairly deep. Kempny was an underrated deadline pickup last year and Christian Djoos is a soon-to-be analytic darling for everyone to scream at their team to trade a 3rd-round pick for. They still have Brooks Orpik, so that instantly makes their blueline absolutely horrible.

Starting Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen – The best Danish goalie to ever live, Andersen comes into this game after a strong performance against the Red Wings. He still has a sub-.900 save percentage, but that might change after tonight’s game.

Braden Holtby – He’s good and a good-hearted goaltender that likes to play guitar.

Puck drop is at 7:00pm EST on NHL Network and CBC/Sportsnet as Hockey Night in Canada.



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  • CDog

    And again, Justin Holl not even mentioned. Everyone has played at least 1 game, but not Holl. Even Maricin…Marincin FGS! So, no, they are not doing a “good job rotating through the roster and giving each of their players some actual ice-time this year.” I think Holl would be feeling a little like Leivo or Corrado right now. No?