Game day: Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals at Toronto Maple Leafs

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - Mark Zwolinski

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FACE­OFF: 7 p.m.

TV: TSN

RA­DIO: TSN 1050

NEED TO KNOW

The Cap­i­tals sit first in the Metropoli­tan Divi­sion de­spite a slow start from goalie

Braden Holtby. Holtby and vet­eran for­ward Nick­las Back­strom are in con­tract years, but there are no signs that ex­ten­sions will get done any time soon. At 30, Holtby’s play has de­clined slightly since last sea­son. Back­strom is 31. The club has $63.5 mil­lion (U.S.) com­mit­ted to 14 play­ers for next sea­son, so cost and term will be sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors if they are to re­main in Wash­ing­ton.

á The Caps lead the East­ern Con­fer­ence in goals with 50 af­ter 13 games, and de­fence­man John Carl­son (21 points) is tied for sec­ond in NHL scor­ing with the Oilers’ Con­nor Mc­David and Leon Drai­saitl. Carl­son had a nine-game points streak snapped against Van­cou­ver on Fri­day.

Alex Ovechkin is al­ways a threat and loves play­ing the Leafs. He has a ca­reer

16.9 shoot­ing per­cent­age against Toronto, his high­est against any team he’s faced more than 25 times.

UP NEXT

Satur­day vs. Fly­ers in Philadel­phia, 7 p.m.

The Cap­i­tals’ John Carl­son leads NHL de­fence­men in scor­ing with 21 points.

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