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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gameday: at Toronto, Jan. 22

Ovi and Green celebrate vs. Toronto in '09.
The Washington Capitals are in Toronto tonight for their second of two must win games this week.  The Maple Leafs stand in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, reporting for action tonight with 43 points in 46 games played.  The Leafs have continued to struggle this season, but won their last contest against the Ducks by a score of 5-2, and this will not be an easy game for the boys in red.  The two teams have split their season series so far this year, with both games heading to a shootout and both games seeing the Capitals let a large lead slip away.  This is the first meeting of the two at the Air Canada Centre.

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is expected to roll with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in nets this evening for his team, coming off of his 26-save performance in Thursday's win over the Ducks.  J-S has not yet faced the Capitals this season, with Jonas Gustavsson picking up both starts at Verizon Center and playing well in those two contests.

For the Capitals, no lineup changes are expected from the team that won on Long Island on Thursday.  That means that DJ King will receive a sweater from head coach Bruce Boudreau again and Brian Fahey will sit, as it appears that John Erskine will be able to play through the minor undisclosed injury that has ailed him recently.  Braden Holtby was first off the ice for the Capitals at the morning skate, indicating that he is the likely starter this evening.  That means that for whatever reason, Bruce Boudreau seems to think that it's not a good idea to get Varly back on the horse. Hopefully Holtby is up to the task, because this is a game that the Caps cannot afford to lose, and the ACC during Hockey Night in Canada is a tough environment.

To update the Southeast Division race, the Lightning won in a shootout against the Panthers last night to move a full three points clear of the Capitals for first in the division. The Capitals do, however, hold a game in hand.

Puck drops for this one 7:10-ish.  Check back after the game.

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