The Washington Capitals were on a roll, winning eight of the past 10 games before stumbling across a rough patch. Now, in the midst of a three game losing streak, Washington aims to better secure their place in the postseason. Currently sitting comfortably with the first of two wildcard spots in the Eastern Conference, anything can happen in the remaining 19 games. Exactly the reason that Washington must get it’s recent struggles resolved.
Washington acquired veteran defenseman Tim Gleason just a couple of days ago, he is expected to bring a wealth of experience and balance to their back line. It’s possible that he could make his Washington debut tonight when they host Toronto.
The Capitals haven’t had an issue with the Maple Leafs recently as they’ve won eight of their last 10 meetings. Toronto doesn’t have a shot at making the postseason, so they will relish the opportunity to play spoiler.
The Capitals could also benefit from a resurgence of sorts from two of their best players, both Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin leads the league in goals with 39, but only has netted one in the past four games. Backstrom is amongst the league leaders in points on the season, he’s gone without a point in the last seven contests.
Toronto could be just what Washington needs to get back on track, as the Leafs come in on a franchise record 15 game losing streak.
Washington has a prime chance tonight to right the ship and head into the post season the way every team desires, hot. Or, this three game slide could be of epic proportions with a fourth game lost, especially against an inferior opponent. It’s often said in sports, some of the most important wins are against the teams you’re supposed to beat. Can Washington do that tonight?