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Projected lineup for Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 10:25 AM

By Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Projected lineup for Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

The Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals seek a season-high eighth straight win when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night at Verizon Center.

The Maple Leafs have won two straight games and seven of nine to pull within four points of the Northeast Division-leading Montreal Canadiens with six games remaining.

The Capitals have not played since a 6-5 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday The Maple Leafs are coming off a 2-0 win Monday against the New Jersey Devils.

Here is Washington's projected lineup for Tuesday:

Marcus JohanssonNicklas BackstromAlex Ovechkin

Martin EratMike RibeiroTroy Brouwer

Jason ChimeraMathieu PerreaultEric Fehr

Aaron VolpattiJay BeagleMatt Hendricks

Karl AlznerMike Green

Jack HillenJohn Carlson

John ErskineSteve Oleksy

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Notes: Joel Ward will miss his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury after blocking a shot from Lightning defenseman Sami Salo on April 7. … Brooks Laich will miss his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. Laich has been limited to just nine games this season.

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