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LGD: Capitalizing

Good morning!

The Leafs are back at home tonight after a six-game road trip. They’ll be welcoming the Washington Capitals to Scotiabank Arena for the second time this season. The Leafs most recently downed the Caps 6-3 prior to the All-Star Break, cruising to the victory on the back of a Nazem Kadri hat trick.

The Leafs will, however, be without Kadri’s services tonight, as he is sidelined with a concussion. Here’s to hoping he’ll be back at some point during this four-game homestand.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 73.0#67 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 81.9#12 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 78.3#15 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.75#15 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.0#65 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 84.9#6 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.6#41 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.53#5 FL2
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 76.5#28 LW

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 75.6#35 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.5#104 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.18#3 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 70.2#115 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 68.4#179 C

Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 72.0#85 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.20#27 FL4

-William Nylander is at centre on the third line, which is fun.

-Tyler Ennis slots back in with Kadri out.

And an update on defence…

Muzzin-Dermott is exciting. Rielly-Hainsey still being a thing is less exciting. It’s always a give and take, isn’t it?

Caps Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Ovechkin
ALEX OVECHKIN

Rating: 85.8#1 LW

Evgeny Kuznetsov
EVGENY KUZNETSOV

Rating: 80.2#21 C

Tom Wilson
TOM WILSON

Rating: 75.3#40 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.45#4 FL1
Jakub Vrana
JAKUB VRANA

Rating: 75.0#50 LW

Nicklas Backstrom
NICKLAS BACKSTROM

Rating: 76.5#43 C

T.J. Oshie
T.J. OSHIE

Rating: 78.1#17 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.52#8 FL2
Andre Burakovsky
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY

Rating: 71.9#86 LW

Lars Eller
LARS ELLER

Rating: 72.8#94 C

Brett Connolly
BRETT CONNOLLY

Rating: 73.7#52 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.81#13 FL3
Chandler Stephenson
CHANDLER STEPHENSON

Rating: 68.8#176 LW

Nic Dowd
NIC DOWD

Rating: 70.9#146 C

Travis Boyd
TRAVIS BOYD

Rating: 71.1#91 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.28#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Michal Kempny
MICHAL KEMPNY

Rating: 72.6#64 LD

John Carlson
JOHN CARLSON

Rating: 79.5#11 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.05#13 DL1
Dmitri Orlov
DMITRI ORLOV

Rating: 73.1#55 LD

Matt Niskanen
MATT NISKANEN

Rating: 73.5#40 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.31#16 DL2
Brooks Orpik
BROOKS ORPIK

Rating: 69.3#123 LD

Christian Djoos
CHRISTIAN DJOOS

Rating: 71.1#85 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.24#28 DL3

Assuming the Capitals don’t pull off some blockbuster trade this afternoon, this is how their lines will look. The Caps are fully healthy, and Alexander Ovechkin may be en route to the most prolific goalscoring season of his career at age 33. Caps fans and Leafs fans alike should soak this one in.

Who’s Hot

  • Auston Matthews has seven points in his last four games, including a clutch game-tying goal in St. Louis on Tuesday night.
  • As mentioned, Alexander Ovechkin is showing no signs of slowing down. With five goals in his last five games, he’s now at 42 through 59 contests this season.

Starting Goalies

Expect a matchup of Braden Holtby (.907) and Frederik Andersen (.923) between the pipes tonight. The Leafs have sputtered in the last few games, but Andersen remains as steady as ever. Holtby has been mired in a difficult up-and-down season, so the book is still out on which version of the Caps’ netminder will show up tonight.

Puck Drop is at 7pm on TSN4.

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