The Capitals (14-12-1, 29 points) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-3, 33 points) tonight as they hope to get revenge for their 7-1 defeat in Toronto almost three weeks ago. The Caps are 9-4-1 at Verizon Center this season and are looking for their second win in a row.
The Caps forward lines tonight look like: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin, Brouwer-Johansson-Halpern, Chimera-Laich-Ward, Eakin-Perreault-Knuble. Matt Hendricks will miss his second game with a knee injury that he hurt Monday night in Florida. Roman Hamrlik is back in the line up tonight after missing four games with a lower body injury. Hamrlik has one goal and is a -10 on the season. Jeff Schultz is likely the healthy scratch.
Tomas Vokoun (11-7-0, 2.74 GAA, .909 Save pct.) will be in goal tonight for the Caps looking for his second win in a row.
Caps forward Jay Beagle skated with his teammates for the first time today since suffering a concussion October 13th. Beagle said he feels good, but hasn’t been cleared for contact and will continue to skate for 20-25 minutes a time with the guys for a few days until they allow him to do more.
The Maple Leafs come in with the second ranked power play in the NHL at 22.1% and will go against the Capitals 24th ranked penalty kill at 80%. The Leafs are 5-4-1 in their last ten and currently second in the Northeast Division. Current Maple Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson, who also used to be the head coach of the Capitals, will be facing his former player Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter for the first time tonight. Hunter played under Wilson for one in a half seasons including the Stanley Cup Finals appearance during the 1997-1998 season.
Listen here to what Dale Hunter, Alex Ovechkin, Roman Hamrlik, Jeff Schultz & Jay Beagle had to say following the morning skate.
Dale Hunter Morning Skate Audio
Alex Ovechkin Morning Skate Audio
Roman Hamrlik Morning Skate Audio
Jeff Schultz Morning Skate Audio
Jay Beagle Morning Skate Audio