Toronto Maple Leafs play host to the Washington Capitals at the Air Canada Center on Tuesday. This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams during the course of the season. Out of the three games that have taken place, the Capitals
have won two while the Leafs have won one.
The last game between the two teams took place in late January that saw the Capitals thrashing the Leafs 4-1 in the end with Captain Alex Ovechkin scoring the winning goal. The Leafs are left with no choice but to win if they are looking to make their way
into the play-off cut.
The Capitals have been in tremendous form as they won piled up wins. They are level on points with the Flyers but since they have one less regulation time win, they are placed in the second spot. With a win this time out the team will clinch the Southeast
Division once again. They will be hoping to win the Eastern Conference like last year but not get knocked out in the first round of the play-offs.
The Capitals have worked hard to get back to the top after somewhat of a bad first half of the season according to the standards they have set for themselves. This Monday, there were a few questions ahead of the game as star player Alexander Semin was missing
from the practice.
Team Coach Bruce Boudreau said: “He’s still recovering from his injuries. It’s very similar to Ovi. He needs some time off sometimes.” Alex Ovechkin has missed three games with “nagging injuries,” and “there ss a chance” that Semin could miss one of Washington’s
final three games. Washington will still be without defensemen Mike Green (concussion), but he isn’t ruling out a return in one of the final two games.
The Capitals have played 79 games during the season out of which they have won 46 games in regulation time, 11 games in overtime to score a total of 103 points. The Maple Leafs on the other hand have played 79 games during the season out of which they have
won 37 games in regulation time, 10 games in overtime to score a total of 84 points.
The Maple Leafs are giving it their all in their dire attempts to make their way into the play-off cut. They have maintain a decent record since the month of February which has seen them winning 18 games in regulation time out of the 30 games. They won three
in a row piling up six wins in their last seven games.
The game will be all the more exciting considering the fact that the Capitals are chasing the top spot in the East while the Maple Leafs are looking to make their way into the cut.