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.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green did not practice with the team on Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and will not join the team on its 4 p.m.
Unless there is a surprise transaction later today, the Capitals will embark on their three-game road trip Monday afternoon without the aid of a defensive callup from the AHL Hershey Bears.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau knew it would be no small task beating the New Jersey Devils on back-to-back nights. Accomplishing it with just four healthy defensemen made it nearly impossible.