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Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 46) Live Thread

Remember the movie Cool Runnings? Remember the part when all the people back home in Jamaica are at the restaurant getting ready to watch Day Two of the competition on TV, and Derice’s wife says: “Oh God, just let it be better than last time!”? In this scenario, I’m Derice’s wife, and the Jamaican bobsled team is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Fortunately for the bobsled team, they were able to bounce back and record the fastest time on the day. Maybe the Leafs can do something similar and win tonight. I mean, it’s a possibility, right? Stranger things happen every day, etc.

The Washington Capitals aren’t exactly world-beaters, but they’re trending in the right direction. And by right direction I mean the exact opposite direction the Leafs are trending:

Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start, as James Reimer started last night in Raleigh. Reimer wasn’t sharp, allowing six goals on 36 shots, but it’s not like he got any help from his defense, either.

The Capitals will counter with Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t started a game in seven weeks. His agent has asked for a trade as he’s lost his backup role to Philipp Grubauer. He’ll have lots of motivation to play well so he can draw interest from around the league.

For the full lineups and other pertinent game information, be sure to check out our preview compiled by Jeff L.

Do you think the Leafs will rebound from last night’s blowout? Will Randy Carlyle come to his senses and put Jake Gardiner back in the lineup? Has he figured out how to work the toaster yet? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.

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