Zack Cook The Toronto Maple Leafs had a late game scare against the Carolina Hurricanes last night but hung on for a 5-4 victory, while Washington stunned Tampa Bay with a 3-1 victory of their own. The two teams will collide tonight at the ACC where the Capitals will likely be looking for some revenge after an early season loss to the Maple Leafs. Washington sits in the top wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Leafs are second in the Atlantic, three points back of division leading Tampa Bay.  Player to watch on Washington (Hint: there might be more than one) Maybe this is surprising to some, but Evgeni Kuznestov, not Alex Ovechkin, leads the Capitals in points with 26. Ovechkin is closing the gap though, just four points behind him with 22. Washington's offense has a ton of firepower, but their weakness lies on defense, where they've allowed 73 goals this season.  Watchability level This one will be interesting, and is definitely a must watch for hockey fans. The Leafs likely still have the sour taste of last years six game first round exit by Washington in the back of their mouths. Earlier this season, Toronto shutout the Capitals 2-0, and was one of the Leafs best played defensive games of the season, limiting the Capitals in scoring chances. Mike Babcock and the Leafs coaching staff will probably want to follow a similar script in this one, but it might be difficult with Washington's offensive skill. Babcock might not like it, but if the Leafs continue to come out of the gate slow, this could be a goal filled affair. Playoff rematches are always fun, and both teams have a lot of offensive flair, thus I'm going to give this a 4/5 on the watchability scale. Both goalies, Braden Holtby and Freddie Andersen have the ability to steal games, but we'll see if they're up to the task tonight in Toronto.  Leaf Probable Lines Hyman - Matthews - Marner van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Nylander Komarov - Kadri - Soshnikov/Leivo Martin - Marleau - Brown Rielly - Hainsey Gardiner - Zaitsev Borgman - Carrick McElhinney Caps Probable Lines Ovechkin - Backstrom - Wilson Vrana - Kuznetsov - Oshie Connolly - Eller - Smith-Pelly Stephenson - Beagle - Chiasson Orlov - Niskanen Orpik - Carlson Chorney - Bowey Holtby 

Zack Cook

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a late game scare against the Carolina Hurricanes last night but hung on for a 5-4 victory, while Washington stunned Tampa Bay with a 3-1 victory of their own. The two teams will collide tonight at the ACC where the Capitals will likely be looking for some revenge after an early season loss to the Maple Leafs. Washington sits in the top wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Leafs are second in the Atlantic, three points back of division leading Tampa Bay. 

Player to watch on Washington (Hint: there might be more than one)

Maybe this is surprising to some, but Evgeni Kuznestov, not Alex Ovechkin, leads the Capitals in points with 26. Ovechkin is closing the gap though, just four points behind him with 22. Washington's offense has a ton of firepower, but their weakness lies on defense, where they've allowed 73 goals this season. 

Watchability level

This one will be interesting, and is definitely a must watch for hockey fans. The Leafs likely still have the sour taste of last years six game first round exit by Washington in the back of their mouths. Earlier this season, Toronto shutout the Capitals 2-0, and was one of the Leafs best played defensive games of the season, limiting the Capitals in scoring chances. Mike Babcock and the Leafs coaching staff will probably want to follow a similar script in this one, but it might be difficult with Washington's offensive skill. Babcock might not like it, but if the Leafs continue to come out of the gate slow, this could be a goal filled affair. Playoff rematches are always fun, and both teams have a lot of offensive flair, thus I'm going to give this a 4/5 on the watchability scale. Both goalies, Braden Holtby and Freddie Andersen have the ability to steal games, but we'll see if they're up to the task tonight in Toronto. 

Leaf Probable Lines

Hyman - Matthews - Marner
van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Nylander
Komarov - Kadri - Soshnikov/Leivo
Martin - Marleau - Brown

Rielly - Hainsey
Gardiner - Zaitsev
Borgman - Carrick

McElhinney

Caps Probable Lines

Ovechkin - Backstrom - Wilson
Vrana - Kuznetsov - Oshie
Connolly - Eller - Smith-Pelly
Stephenson - Beagle - Chiasson

Orlov - Niskanen
Orpik - Carlson
Chorney - Bowey

Holtby