Game day: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs
FACEOFF: 7 p.m.
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.
Saturday vs. Flyers in Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
The Capitals’ John Carlson leads NHL defencemen in scoring with 21 points.