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Game Journal: Game 14 - Maple Leafs vs. Capitals

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

5:45 PM: Tonight's officials will be Kelly Sutherland and Brad Meier while Scott Driscoll and Matt MacPerson will handle the linesman duties. You can tune into the game on Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050 and by following the Leafs on Twitter.

Get set for tonight's game with help from Paul Hendrick and Joe Bowen who check in from Washington.

5:30 PM: Leafs head coach Mike Babcock addressed the media prior to tonight's game against the Capitals. Here's what he had to say...

Leafs TV
On tonight's game:
It's always a challenge, it's just a matter of how hard are we between our ears. We've got to dig in and really compete. I really liked what we did this last while and we've got to build on it, you don't want to give all that back. You want to be working hard and competing hard and getting better.

Is 20 games a good measure of long it takes to get a handle on and message through to your team?
I don't know about that. To be honest with you  I think we've been playing pretty well here lately. I think every group is totally different but I think our guys are understanding what's asked of them and they're understanding the compete we expect. We haven't come out on the winning side enough, which is obvious to everybody. In saying that, I was very pleased with our team last night and our resiliency and how we played and I thought we deserved a better result. I'm not too worried about that part. I'm more worried about the process and the compete and the structure. In the end the plan is to have the puck all the time and that's when the game is fun. We've just got to continue to get better.

Any lineup changes?

5:00 PM: Leafs TV caught up with Matt Hunwick and Daniel Winnik prior to tonight's game. Take a look...

4:30 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Maple Leafs and Capitals.

Toronto Maple Leafs
21 van Riemsdyk - 43 Kadri - 47 Komarov
23 Matthias - 42 Bozak - 15 Parenteau
26 Winnik - 16 Spaling - 19 Lupul
40 Grabner - 56 Froese - 28 Boyes

51 Gardiner - 3 Phaneuf
2 Hunwick - 44 Rielly
36 Harrington - 46 Polak

34 Reimer
30 Bibeau

Washington Capitals
8 Ovechkin - 92 Kuznetsov - 77 Oshie
90 Johansson - 19 Backstrom - 65 Burakovsky
25 Chimera - 83 Beagle - 14 Williams
21 Laich - 46 Latta - 43 Wilson

44 Orpik - 74 Carlson
27 Alzner - 2 Niskanen
9 Orlov - 88 Schmidt

70 Holtby
31 Grubauer

1:30 PM: The Toronto Maple Leafs wrap up their back-to-back tonight when they visit the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

The Leafs fell in overtime by a 2-1 score on Friday night to the Detroit Red Wings. Dion Phaneuf had the lone Leafs goal while James Reimer made 22 stops in the loss. The Leafs haven't confirmed a starter for Saturday's game at this point.

Washington comes into tonight's game having most recently beaten the Boston Bruins by a 4-1 score on Thursday. The Capitals got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, John Carlson and Karl Alzner in the victory while Braden Holtby made 29 saves to earn the win. Holtby will get the start against the Leafs.

Stay tuned for updates from Coach Babcock, the Leafs, projected lineups and more.

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