Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have an Eastern Conference matchup to discuss for Tuesday when the 8-2-3 Washington Capitals and 6-5-2 Toronto Maple Leafs meet for game one of their three-game season series. The Capitals have won four of their last five games and enter this matchup coming off a 6-5 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto has lost three of its last five games including a 5-2 road loss Saturday night to the Montreal Canadians.
Capitals Successful Road TripTuesday marks the end of a five-game road trip for the Capitals and they have won three of their last four of this trip with solid wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, and Vancouver Canucks with their lone loss coming in overtime against the Edmonton Oilers. Washington has scored 24 goals and allowed 17 goals and its 3.77 goals scored by the game is third in the National Hockey League this season. John Carlson leads Washington with 21 points and a team-high 16 assists and Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with nine goals.
Washington has one of the best special teams units in hockey with a 25 percent power-play success rate and an 84.8 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Braden Holtby is likely tending the twine Tuesday night and has a 4-1-3 record with a 3.64 GAA and 88 percent save percentage. Holtby allowed four goals on 40 shots in a Saturday night loss to the Oilers snapping a three-game personal winning streak for Holtby. Corsica Hockey lists Holtby with a 91.38 xSV% and a below-average GSAA of -3.44 this season.
Leafs Struggle Over Last Five GamesThe Leafs have struggled a bit lately and has lost three of its last five games. Back to back losses to Columbus and Boston and a Saturday night 5-2 road loss leaves Toronto tied for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs did notch good victories over the Sharks and Bruins over those five games so all is not doom and gloom. Toronto has scored 15 goals and allowed 17 goals and that makes sense and aligns with their +1-goal differential this season. Mitch Marner leads the Maple Leafs with 15 points and 12 assists and Auston Matthews has a team-high nine goals this season.
Toronto special teams have been shaky thus far this season with a 21.1 percent success rate on the power play and a 78 percent penalty kill success rate.
Frederik Anderson is likely guarding the cage in this contest and he’s posted a 6-2-1 record with a 2.94 GAA and a 90 percent save percentage this season. Anderson stopped 16 of 17 San Jose shots on goal for his fourth win over his last five starts. Corsica Hockey lists Anderson with a 92.64 xSV% and below-average -4.5 GSAA this season.
- Maple Leafs are 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Maple Leafs are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 road games