Tomas Vokoun gets the nod for the Capitals in net tonight at Air Canada Centre. In the opposite end, the Maple Leafs have opted to go with Jonas Gustavsson, who may be a welcome sight for Washington as it tries to reboot its offense into the realm of consistency.
Gustavsson is 1-1-1 in three career appearances against the Capitals with a .871 save percentage and 3.93 goals-against average. With top goaltender James Reimer out with a concussion, Toronto Coach Ron Wilson went with Gustavsson over Ben Scrivens based on experience against the Capitals.
“We’ve got a lot of games and we play tomorrow too, Scrivs was going to play in one of them so we decided tonight [on] Jonas,” Wilson said. “Jonas has beaten Washington in the past; he’s 1-1-1 against them. He’s familiar with them, Scrivs isn’t so that’s a fairly easy decisions to make.”
This season, Gustavsson is 4-4-0 through nine appearances with a 3.78 goals-against average and .878 save percentage.
In the latest attempt to invigorate the Washington offense, Coach Bruce Boudreau showed a new set of top two lines during the morning skate in Toronto. Alex Ovechkin was skating with Marcus Johansson and Alexander Semin while Nicklas Backstrom was between Cody Eakin and Troy Brouwer.
More to come on those top two lines, but the hope is that they can add some more scoring punch in order to salvage at least one win on this road trip.
“We’ve scored two goals in the last two games,  goals in the last 7 games,” Boudreau said. “We’re just trying to find a little bit of offense and when you’re not scoring you’ve got to change things up and move things around. Hopefully this will work for tonight.”
--Mathieu Perreault took part in extra work and if he is the healthy scratch again it will mark the sixth game in the last eight outings the center has sat out. During this stretch as the regular scratch, Perreault has played a combined 15 minutes and 3 seconds.