NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, October 13th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (1-1-0-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals open a six-game road trip tonight
when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Washington opened its season with a 6-1 pounding of the New York Islanders
last Thursday but was brought back to Earth with a 4-3 loss to Atlanta two
nights later. Against the Thrashers, Boyd Gordon, Sergei Gonchar and Jaromir
Jagr all scored in defeat, while Olaf Kolzig finished with just 15 saves. Jagr
already has two goals and two assists on the young season.
Washington defenseman Brandon Witt left Saturday's game midway through the
first period after missing a check and running head-first into the boards. He
is expected to miss roughly a week with facial injuries, and an already
inexperienced defense corps has been weakened even more. Gonchar is
currently the only available blueliner who has had significant NHL experience.
The Capitals will continue their current trek Tuesday in Montreal.
Toronto, meanwhile, was the last NHL team to open its season and began on a
sour note with a 4-0 loss to visiting Montreal on Saturday. Canadiens
netminder Jose Theodore stymied the Leafs with 21 saves and they were blanked
in an opener for the first time since 1985.
Goaltender Ed Belfour, a Vezina finalist last season, stopped 18-of-22 shots
Toronto defenseman Ken Klee will face his former club tonight after being
allowed to leave via free agency this offseason. Klee spent the first nine
years of his career with Washington.
The Maple Leafs will embark on a five-game road trip after tonight, starting
in New Jersey on Thursday.
Toronto swept four games from Washington last season and is 7-1-1 in the last
nine meetings. The Caps have lost two straight and three of their last four at
Air Canada Centre.
10/13 10:29:38 ET