Toronto Maple Leafs seek bounce-back win vs. Capitals

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to bounce-back against the Washington Capitals at home tonight. Toronto suffered a horrendous 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens Saturday.

Game Preview Talking Points

The Leafs looked all out of sorts in their Hockey Night in Canada matchup, committing countless defensive errors. Key assignments were abandoned, gifting Montreal with numerous breakaways, two of which were capitalized on by Jonathan Drouin. Coupled with Michael Hutchinson being tasked with the start, fans once again questioned Mike Babcock’s decision to not play Frederik Andersen in a competitive, inter-divisional matchup.

The Maple Leafs will need to focus on patching their issues from Saturday night against the Washington Capitals. The Caps are steamrolling through the first quarter of the season, with a record of 8-2-3. In addition to missed assignments, lack of intensity has been a common theme with Toronto in 2019-20, a characteristic that can be attained through development and good coaching.

Furthermore, with John Tavares out of the lineup, Andreas Johnsson and Auston Matthews will be tasked with containing Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Expect tonight’s bout vs. the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions to be fierce.

Toronto Maple Leafs Starting Lines vs. Washington

Forwards
Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev – Alex Kerfoot – Mitch Marner
Trevor Moore – Jason Spezza – Kasperi Kapanen
Dmytro Timashov – Nick Shore – Frederik Gauthier

Defensemen
Morgan Rielly – Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin – Tyson Barrie
Dermott – Justin Holl

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Puck drop is 7 p.m EST at Scotiabank Arena.

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