Monday, October 29, 2007

Caps @ Maple Leafs 10-29-2007 Preview

Washington Capitals (4-6; 8 points) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (5-7; 13 points):
Caps Game #11, Road Game #6, NHL Game #161

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 7:37 pm. Washington TV: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic. Radio: WWWT 1500-AM, 107.7 FM. Toronto TV: Leafs TV. Radio:CFMJ 640-AM. NHL Center Ice: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic feed.

Tonight the Caps head into Toronto walking wounded to face a high-powered Leafs team that needs to be because of their suspect defense and shaky goaltending. The Leafs have won two in a row but have lost their last two at home.

What The Natives Are Saying:

(Com)Post. Times. Caps.com.

Neutral Views:

NHL.com AP Wire.

Open Source Intelligence:

Toronto Globe and Mail: staying with Toskala, play better at home, reality check for Washington. Toronto Sun: friendly fire, Tucker rehab.

What Do I Expect Tonight?:

This should be a high scoring game as the Leafs can both put the puck into the net and have serious problems keeping it out of their own. The Caps have been mounting third period comebacks this season that get them just short of forcing overtime so if the Caps get down by two or three goals, they certainly aren't out of it. However, the Caps haven't been forcing overtime lettalone completing the comebacks and winning the game. With roughly the same lineup that faced St. Louis for two period Saturday night, the Caps will have their work cut out for them tonight and will need to jump out to an early lead and keep scoring in order to have any chance to win tonight.

Caps Nut Official Prediction:

Caps 4
Leafs 5
Winner by Kubina

(3-6 on the season)

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