NHL Game Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals | 03/20/2024

Washington, DC – The Toronto Maple Leafs are facing off against the Washington Capitals tonight on the second end of a back-to-back with travel involved. The Leafs played a rather poor game against the Flyers last night and lost 4-3 in regulation. The Leafs will look to rebound in the second half of their back-to-back tonight.

  • TV: Sportsnet
  • Radio: SN FAN 590
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Last Meeting:

The Leafs and Capitals haven’t faced off against each other since nearly the beginning of the season on October 24th. The Leafs came out on top in a 4-1 win, with goals from Matthews, Nylander, Tavares, and Rielly. Tonight the Leafs look to win another consecutive game against the Capitals, while the Capitals push for two points as they chase a playoff spot.

LEAFS QUICK LOOK (38-20-9)

3rd in the Atlantic, 10th in the NHL

Leafs to Keep an Eye on:

  • Joel Edmundson was acquired from the Capitals before this past trade deadline and is suiting up in his first game against the Capitals since being traded. Edmundson isn’t necessarily a “shiny” defenseman but he plays a meat-and-potatoes style of play. He has been paired with Liljegren each game since joining the team, and the hope is that having a defensive-style defenseman will help Liljegren’s game and confidence continue to grow. Look for Edmundson to try and limit the chances against while keeping the front of the net clear.
  • Nick Robertson’s spot in the lineup has been inconsistent this season, largely due to inconsistent play. Robertson has been around for a while now, having joined the Leafs during the shortened season, but still is only 22 years old. This is the first year Robertson has been able to stay healthy, so he should be treated similarly to a rookie who takes time to adjust to the league. With playoffs looming, this may affect his playing time and the amount of games he gets in, but don’t write off Robertson. If given tonight’s game, look for him to be dangerous with the puck, while playing defensively well off the puck.
  • Tyler Bertuzzi had a slow start to the season but has picked up his pace as of late and has 10 points in his last 11 games. Bertuzzi was brought in for his offensive skill and peskiness, and the Sudbury native seems to be getting into playoff form. Look for Bertuzzi to continue to stay hot as he looks to help the Leafs come out of Washington with 2 points.

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