The Capitals will look to cool the red-hot Maple Leafs on Tuesday who come to Washington on a five-game win streak (CSN, 7:00 p.m.). Here are three bold predictions for Tuesday's game.
1. Neither team will score on the power play
The Caps have not allowed a power play goal in their last seven games, killing off 29 straight opportunities to climb to third in the NHL at 87.3 percent. Toronto has been very good on the penalty kill as well of late, with the NHL’s 6th best kill (85.2 percent) and no goals allowed in the past five games.
2. Nicklas Backstrom will finish with more points than Auston Matthews
Matthews has been on an absolute scoring tear for the Leafs with six goals in his last six games. On Tuesday, however, he will face a Capitals defense currently tied for the lowest goals against per game in the NHL. In a lackluster 4-2 loss in Toronto in late November, one of the few Caps who delivered a quality performance was Backstrom who tallied a goal and an assist.
3. Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky will account for more points than any other line
The third line was easily the Caps’ best Sunday against the Ottawa Senators. The team has found something in the Connolly-Eller-Burakovsky combo and that chemistry will continue on Tuesday.
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