MAPLE LEAFS (4-2-1) at CAPITALS (3-2-2)
7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, NBCSWA, NHL.TV
The Toronto Maple Leafs will go for their third consecutive victory when they visit the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.
The Maple Leafs will play the second half of a back to back following a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. Forward Mitchell Marner (one goal, two assists) and defenseman Morgan Rielly (four assists) combined for seven points in the second period.
Goalie Michael Hutchinson is expected to make his second start of the season; he made 37 saves in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 5.
The Capitals are 1-2-2 in their past five games and will try to win at home for the first time this season (0-1-2).
Rookie goalie Ilya Samsonov, who replaced Braden Holtby in the first period of a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, will make his first home start.
Players to watch
Maple Leafs center John Tavares has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak and has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 37 games against Washington.
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak and has 68 points (39 goals, 29 assists) in 48 games against Toronto.
They said it
"It's always tough going back-to-back with travel. But there's no excuse to not be ready. We've got a great staff here and we're going to do whatever we have to do to get ready." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly
"He's a rookie goaltender and finding his way. We've liked how he's played so far and just thought it was the right decision to get him back in there for us tonight." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden on goalie Ilya Samsonov
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Kasperi Kapanen -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Trevor Moore
Dmytro Timashov -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier
Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie
Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl
Scratched: Nic Petan, Jason Spezza, Kevin Gravel
Injured: Zach Hyman (knee), Travis Dermott (shoulder)
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Garnet Hathaway
Brendan Leipsic -- Chandler Stephenson -- Richard Panik
Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov -- Radko Gudas
Nick Jensen -- Tyler Lewington
Scratched: Nic Dowd
Injured: Michal Kempny (hamstring)
The Maple Leafs did not hold a morning skate. … Reirden shuffled all four lines, including moving Oshie up with Ovechkin and Backstrom, and moving Hagelin and Kuznetsov up to form a second line with Wilson. … Reirden said he's hopeful Kempny can return against the New York Rangers on Friday.
Toronto coach Mike Babcock will pass Darryl Sutter (1,285) for sole possession of 13th place on the NHL all-time games-coached list. … Carlson has eight points (two goals, six assists) in a four-game point streak. … Backstrom has 40 points (eight goals, 32 assists) in 39 games against the Maple Leafs.