Caps, Leafs look to end slumps

Caps, Leafs look to end slumps
November 19, 2011, 3:43 pm
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Tonight's game between the Capitals and Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre will feature a pair of teams that got out of the gates fast but have stumbled recently.

The Caps are 2-6-1 since starting the season 7-0-0. The Maple Leafs are 4-5-1 since getting off to a 9-3-1 start.

Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun is expected to get the start. He is 8-3-0-2 with a 2.07 GAA and two shutouts in 13 career games against Toronto. He stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 4-1 win on Nov. 10, 2010 in his only game against Toronto last season as a member of the Panthers.

Ovi watch: Caps left wing Alex Ovechkin will try to break out of his scoring funk against a team he has dominated in his career.

Ovechkin has 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) in 23 career games against Toronto and led the Capitals with seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) in four games against the Leafs last season. Ovechkin recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Jan. 22 last season and scored his 300th career NHL goal on April 5 in Toronto to become the sixth-youngest player to reach 300 goals (25 years, 200 days) and the seventh-quickest player to reach 300 goals in terms of games played (473).

Spreading the wealth: Eight players on the Capitals averaged at least a point-per-game against Toronto last season (Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, Roman Hamrlik, Brooks Laich, Ovechkin, Mathieu Perreault, Alex Semin and Joel Ward). Jeff Halpern tallied more points (3 goals 1assist) against the Maple Leafs last season than any other team he faced.