|It's a big one for the Caps this afternoon.|
Randy Carlyle is expected to go with Jonas Gustavsson in goal after he shut out the Flyers Saturday night but still took the loss in the shootout. Gustavsson is 17-15-3 on the year in 38 starts, and has posted a 2.83 GAA, .906 save percentage, and four shutouts. Outside the crease, the Leafs will be without one of their biggest guns, winger Joffrey Lupul, who is out for four weeks with a shoulder injury. Wingers Mike Brown (thigh contusion) and Colby Armstrong (face) are questionable, but neither played in last night's contest.
Tomas Vokoun seems almost certain to earn the call from Dale Hunter after stopping 30 of 33 yesterday in Boston. Vokoun is 25-16-2 on the year with a 2.51 GAA, .917 save percentage, and four shutouts. He beat the Leafs the last time he faced them, too, stopping 26 of 28 shots. On the injury front, the Caps will be without Nicklas Backstrom, as they have been for the last nine weeks, as the superstar Swede recovers from a concussion. He's not even in the country at the moment; he's back home visiting family. In addition, Mike Green will be absent from the lineup as he serves the second game of a three-game suspension for his actions in Thursday's game. After the win against a team as good as Boston, I would expect Dale Hunter to keep the lineup the same, meaning Erskine out and Halpern out with Hamrlik and Knuble in.
Puck drops 5:09-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates. No recap tonight because of school obligations.