Just a quick word as the puck’s about to drop in Washington. The Leafs will hope to build on the weekend’s character win over the Boston Bruins, despite sporting one of the worst road records in the entire league at 2-7-1. They’ll face one of the top teams in the league, and the Capitals are at their most dangerous at the Verizon Center, where they are a blistering 12-2-1.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere re-aggravated his groin injury against Boston, so Jonas Gustavsson will get the start, while James Reimer was called up to back him up. The lines will stay the same for the Buds, as Phil Kessel will remain at center on the top line. Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in 9 games the other night against Atlanta, but the Leafs will be hoping to keep tabs on him and the rest of the high-powered Caps offense. Michal Neuvirth will start in net for Washington.