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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/22/2011

Braden Holtby first off the ice for Capitals

Braden Holtby was the first goaltender off the ice this morning so it looks like he may get the start against Toronto at Air Canada Centre.

There aren't any other roster mysteries with just 18 skaters on the trip and the lines should look like they did against the Islanders on Thursday. The lineup will be posted after warm-up as always.

No one's quite sure what makes the Capitals' games against Toronto so tough, but one thing is for certain and it's that the Washington players haven't forgotten about the pair of third-period comebacks they allowed the Maple Leafs to have at Verizon Center -- particularly on Dec. 6 when Toronto earned a 5-4 victory in a shootout.

"They know im from Toronto," Coach Bruce Boudreau said jokingly. "They know everybody at home is watching so they want to stick it to me for some reason. I don't know, every time we play the Leafs it's a very very hard game.....They're like a Jekyll and Hyde team as you've seen this week. If they're on they're as good as anybody; if they're off they're as bad as anybody."

As if there needed to be any more buzz or an atmosphere created around a game for Hockey Night in Canada, the Maple Leafs opened the morning skate up to fans today and the entire lower bowl of the arena was full for Toronto's practice with many sticking around to catch a glimpse of the Caps.

"You don't see 10,000 people at a pregame skate very often," Boyd Gordon said. Playing in Toronto for Hockey Night in Canada "is something a lot of us have watched growing up and any time you play in Canada it's pretty special. This is a special place to play and it's something everyone looks forward to."

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