Leafs-Caps preview

Promoting Alexander Semin to the first line did wonders for the Capitals offense on Saturday’s game in Calgary and Washington looks to pick up where they left off with tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Having one line that’s constantly producing points is a great thing but if it’s the only line that’s doing that then there could be problems further down the road. For now, I’m glad to see the Caps offense is back to life and it should be a matter of time before the 2nd and 3rd lines start getting on the score sheet.

Know Your Enemy: Toronto Maple Leafs edition

– They recently went two straight games without scoring a goal but broke that in last night’s game against the Ottawa Senators

– Their captain, Dion Phaneuf will be out for four weeks due to a laceration on his leg he suffered in last night’s game. This could mean that Mike Komisarek will finally see more minutes, which he deserves. It could also mean that Brett Lebda will see action tonight and that’s good news if you’re a Caps fan.

– Phil Kessel and Clarke Macarthur make up for nearly half of their goals this year with 7 a piece.

– Jonas Gustavsson will be starting.

Who/What to Watch For

Capitals powerplay. I’ll be curious to see if that Calgary game was a fluke or not but like I said, things got easier for them after the first goal and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s how things go tonight. Toronto’s defense hasn’t been bad this year but I think the Caps match up well with them.

Mike Komisarek/Luke Schenn. Look for one or the other to be out there whenever the Capitals top line is on the ice. Komisarek’s having a good season so far but hasn’t been getting a lot of minutes, which will happen with the depth the Leafs have on the blue line. He will likely see more action tonight. Him and Schenn make a good shutdown combination of Wilson pairs them together.

I’m gonna skip the lines because I don’t know what they are

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