MAPLE LEAFS (4-1-0) at CAPITALS (3-2-1)
7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, TSN4, NHL.TV
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals will play each other for the first time since the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs a series which Washington won in six games.
The Maple Leafs lead the NHL in goals per game (5.2), including a League-high eight on the power play. Their 30.8 success rate with the man advantage leads the League. Auston Matthews leads them in points (eight) and goals (five).
Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin leads the League with nine goals. Washington's penalty kill has allowed five goals in its past three games.
Players to watch
Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen was 9-3-3 with a .924 save percentage in 15 games against Metropolitan Division opponents last season.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is tied for the NHL lead in points (11) with teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov and was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week after he had nine points (three goals, six assists) in four games.
They said it
"Any way you look at it, they beat us, I think, in Games 4, 5 and 6 if I'm not mistaken. They in the end took over. We've got a long way to go and understand that." - Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on the playoff loss to the Capitals last season
"Maybe the schedule got to us. Maybe when they got the fifth and sixth goal it killed our will a little bit. They smelled blood, their home opener, and they kept on us. We've got to be better. We had too many holes in our defensive zone. It was like Swiss cheese." - Capitals coach Barry Trotz on rebounding from an 8-2 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown
Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- Mitch Marner
Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev
Calle Rosen -- Connor Carrick
Scratched: Eric Fehr, Josh Leivo
Capitals projected lineup
Andre Burakovsky -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Jakub Vrana
Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Nathan Walker -- Jay Beagle -- Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitry Orlov -- Taylor Chorney
Christian Djoos -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey
Scratched: Alex Chiasson, Tyler Graovac, Aaron Ness
Injured: Matt Niskanen (upper body)
Eller took part in the morning skate, but remains ill and is a game-time decision. Graovac will slot at third-line center if Eller can't play. … Niskanen will be out until at least Nov. 7 against the Buffalo Sabres. ... Marner was dropped to the fourth line and Brown was moved to the third line.
Kuznetsov leads the NHL in assists (11) and became the first player to reach that mark through six games since San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton in 2012-13.