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Leafs vs. Capitals Game 3 Preview

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The series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals has caught many viewers by surprise. Both of the first two games were pushed into overtime, the second running close to four and a half hours.

Coming into Toronto for games three and four, the series split in Washington. However, with many considering this a “cup or bust” year for the Capitals, what should we expect over the next two games? Here’s a Game 3 preview.

Look for the Capitals to come out a lot more aggressive. The Leafs checking has definitely been more felt in this series.

The Capitals will also have to take advantage of a Leafs blue-line that is now missing Roman Polak. Polak had an awkward fall after a collision with Capitals’ Brooks Orpik and is out for the remainder of the year.

Also, the Capitals will have to do more in front of their goaltender Braden Holtby. Though, much like the Maple Leafs with Frederik Andersen, they have relied quite a bit on him.

As for the Maple Leafs, what will they have to do to contain the rush tonight?

The Maple Leafs will look to continue what they did on Saturday night and match the play of the Capitals, though the Leafs need to generate more pucks on net. Their possession is fine, just need more pucks and traffic towards Holtby. If he gets too comfortable, he becomes even harder to beat.

Also, the fourth line wound up being critical. So, look for the fourth line to see a little more ice in crucial times tonight.

The Leafs have home-ice advantage for the next two games. However, with how entertaining the quality of hockey has been, fans can expect the trend to continue.

The remainder of the series is as follows;

WSH @ TOR Monday, April 17, 2017. 7:00
WSH @ TOR Wednesday, April 19 2017. 7:00
TOR @ WSH Friday, April 21 2017. TBD
** WSH @ TOR Sunday, April 23 2017. TBD
** TOR @ WSH Tuesday, April 25 2017. TBD

(** if necessary.)

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