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The Capitals take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena tonight in the first of three meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals are 74-57-10-6 all-time against the Maple Leafs and 8-2-0 in their last 10 home games.

John Carlson, who has 19 points (2g, 17a) in 29 career games against Toronto, has led the Capitals in ice time in every game this season. Additionally, Carlson ranks fourth in the NHL in average TOI per game (25:45), averaging 2:30 minutes more per game than his cumulative average prior to this season. Additionally, Carlson is averaging the fourth-most power play ice time per game (4:41) in the NHL and leads defensemen. Carlson leads the NHL with nine assists, leads all defensemen with 11 points (2g, 9a) and is tied for third in the NHL in points, through games played Oct. 14. His 57.22 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five is tied for eighth among defensemen with at least six games played. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Carlson ranks second in scoring among defensemen with 149 points (30g, 119a), trailing only San Jose's Brent Burns (155 points: 30g, 125a). With 414 career points, Carlson is the fifth defenseman in franchise history to reach the 400-point milestone, joining Calle Johansson (474), Scott Stevens (429), Kevin Hatcher (426) and Sergei Gonchar (416). With 695 career games, Carlson ranks third in franchise history in games played among defensemen and is one of eight defensemen to reach the 600-game mark.

Schedule & Availability

Today

10:15 a.m.: Morning skate, MedStar Capitals Iceplex

7 p.m.: Washington vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Capital One Arena

TV: NBCSW
Audio: Caps Radio 24/7, Caps Mobile App, WashingtonCaps.com

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, Oct. 17

Day off

Friday, Oct. 18

10:15 a.m.: Morning skate, MedStar Capitals Iceplex

7 p.m.: Washington vs. New York Rangers, Capital One Arena

TV: NBCSW
Audio: Caps Radio 24/7, Caps Mobile App, WashingtonCaps.com

Saturday, Oct. 19

11:30 a.m.: Practice, MedStar Capitals Iceplex

 

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