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Posted at 1:07 PM ET, 01/22/2011

Braden Holtby first off the ice for Capitals

By Katie Carrera

Braden Holtby was the first goaltender off the ice this morning so it looks like he may get the start against Toronto at Air Canada Centre.

There aren't any other roster mysteries with just 18 skaters on the trip and the lines should look like they did against the Islanders on Thursday. The lineup will be posted after warm-up as always.

No one's quite sure what makes the Capitals' games against Toronto so tough, but one thing is for certain and it's that the Washington players haven't forgotten about the pair of third-period comebacks they allowed the Maple Leafs to have at Verizon Center -- particularly on Dec. 6 when Toronto earned a 5-4 victory in a shootout.

"They know im from Toronto," Coach Bruce Boudreau said jokingly. "They know everybody at home is watching so they want to stick it to me for some reason. I don't know, every time we play the Leafs it's a very very hard game.....They're like a Jekyll and Hyde team as you've seen this week. If they're on they're as good as anybody; if they're off they're as bad as anybody."

As if there needed to be any more buzz or an atmosphere created around a game for Hockey Night in Canada, the Maple Leafs opened the morning skate up to fans today and the entire lower bowl of the arena was full for Toronto's practice with many sticking around to catch a glimpse of the Caps.

"You don't see 10,000 people at a pregame skate very often," Boyd Gordon said. Playing in Toronto for Hockey Night in Canada "is something a lot of us have watched growing up and any time you play in Canada it's pretty special. This is a special place to play and it's something everyone looks forward to."

By Katie Carrera  | January 22, 2011; 1:07 PM ET
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Toronto Maple Leafs  
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Comments

Showcasing Holtby?

Posted by: underpants2 | January 22, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

hopefully showcasing hannan

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | January 22, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Showcasing Holtby?

Posted by: underpants2 | January 22, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Nah...Varly probably not 100% and Holtby played well Thursday, so no reason to risk further injury.

Kind of a big game tonight as we are now 3 pts behind TB.

Anyone else see a Caps/Pens 1st round match up almost being a near certainty (4th v 5th seeds)???

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 22, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@Sgm

You're right it'd probably take more than i suggested to get Fischer. I'm stil all for it.

But getting Foppa would only cost us a little in capspace. Even though he might sit half the games with injury, he'd still contribute with leadership, experience and mentorness. And when he plays, well, you know what he brings..
I have never seen anyone who hates to lose more than he does!

Posted by: Walle | January 22, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

But getting Foppa would only cost us a little in capspace. Even though he might sit half the games with injury, he'd still contribute with leadership, experience and mentorness. And when he plays, well, you know what he brings..
I have never seen anyone who hates to lose more than he does!

Posted by: Walle

If Forsberg is reasonably healthy then I would be all for the Caps to sign him.

However, he may not want to come to DC, no matter what they offer. He likes being in Denver so I would guess he would sign with them if he signed anywhere.

But we will see.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

So the Isles trade Roloson (great for Tampa, terrible for Caps), have DiPietro as their forever starter (yep, oft injured), and grab Nabby, whom they cannot trade after picking up off waivers. Seems a bit daft to me considering Nabby will be UFA this summer and the Isles have almost no chance for the playoffs. Can't trade him and how will DiPietro react to the challenge of a very legit #1 tender. The Isles have absolutely terrible management.

I was thinking FL may grab Nabby and trade Volkoun for a ton of talent. No way does NYI trade Dipietro AND his HUGE CONTRACT with his injury issues.

Or ATL with their playoff push coming along well could have used Nabby. Garth Snow just is a complete moron as GM, almost as bad as when he was a goalie with the most ludicrously over-sized pads (he looked like Transformer, lol).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 22, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Tom Poti extension looms horribly large right now.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 22, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Still trying to figure out why the NYI would bother picking up Nabby. You would think they would want to see what their rookies can do since they're going nowhere this season.

I'm questioning the intelligence of Snow. I think other GM's must be lining up to put a beat-down on him...

Posted by: sca187 | January 22, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The Islanders got a very good goalie for the rest of the season that they have to pay $280,000. Why not do it?

They said they wanted their young goalie to play this season in the AHL to groom him.

Dipietro will get his starts, but given his injury history we will not handle much more than half the starts.

The Islanders desperately need to win some games. Not to make the playoffs this year, but to start giving the fan base some hope that they are turning the corner and may challenge for a playoff berth next year.

The Islanders need to sell tickets, Nabakov won't do that by himself, but if he can get the Islanders back to being decent and give some hope, Islanders fans might go into next year thinking they can win.

While I agree that it is unlikely that Nabakov will re-sign with the Islanders, you never know. If he does well there, and is not offered a good contract by another team, he could possibly re-sign. I would imagine he would go somewhere else, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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