Who: Washington Capitals (12-10-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (13-8-1)
Where: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where to watch: CBC, NHL Network, Comcast Sports Network DC
Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Capitals Radio Network
Enemy blog: Stars and Sticks
- Trevor Smith will sit out in favour of McLaren on the fourth line. The move seems like a real head-scratcher, because Smith has five points in his last four games. But Carlyle must think it’s important to have two face-punchers in the lineup.
- Tyler Bozak will sit out at least one more game, a development that surprised Carlyle at the morning skate. Bozak was originally expected to be available for Thursday’s game, but will obviously need more time.
- Mark Fraser is ready to go tonight, but the final call will be up to Carlyle. If it was up to me, I would sit him and keep Rielly in the lienup, but recent history suggests Carlyle might be thinking the opposite.
- James Reimer will make his fifth straight Saturday night start. His counterpart will be Braden Holtby. Reimer holds a better save percentage than Holtby so far this season (.942 to .923), but Holtby has played twice as many games (18 to 9).
- If you haven’t heard, Mikhail Grabovski will make his first appearance against the Leafs since the team bought out his contract on the eve of free agency in July. He made his thoughts on Carlyle’s coaching methods well known when he was let go. He’ll have plenty of motivation to produce tonight. He’s third on the Capitals in scoring with 19 points in 23 games.
- Alex Ovechkin had two more goals in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. He now has 19 goals in 21 games. I hear he’s pretty good.