There's one more outdoor game left to be played this season and it goes tomorrow night at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD and the Washington Capitals will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It's a little bit of a later start, 6pm MT on Saturday, but it will still occupy the Hockey Night in Canada slot on CBC, so this one will get plenty of coverage tomorrow night.
There's no question that the match-up in the standings is a pretty good one, as the Maple Leafs are 3rd in the Atlantic Division, while the Capitals top the Metropolitan Division, but the Leafs have a better record, with 6 more points in the overall standings. There won't be anything holding these two teams back, especially since this could work out to be an Eastern Conference Finals match-up.
|Benson||Auston Matthews||Alex Ovechkin|
|Dale B.||Mitch Marner|
|Derek B.||Tyler Bozak|
|Grant||Nazem Kadri||Braden Holtby|
|Jake Gardiner||Philipp Grubauer|
|Stacey C.||Nikita Zaitsev||Lars Eller|
|Morgan Rielly||Matt Niskanen|
|Steve||Zach Hyman||T.J. Oshie|
|Tony||Ron Hainsey||John Carlson|
|James Van Riemsdyk|
There's a pretty good gathering of hockey pool players in this game, with Grant and Stacey C. leading all teams with four players, but Grant will have one of his Washington goalies to start on the bench tomorrow and we already know that Braden Holtby has been given the nod for the start.
Benson would have had the better representations, if Auston Matthews wasn't dealing with a shoulder injury. He's not expected to play tomorrow night, while Alex Ovechkin will still be good to go.
And you know, if you have been watching all season long, you'd know that I'm still counting points from the outdoor games, as if there was a mini-game going on. There isn't, but what if there was?!?
Tony goes into the Stadium Series game with 5 points from Craig Anderson of the Senators in the NHL100 Classic and then a goal from Sam Reinhart of the Sabres in the Winter Classic, leading the way in the mini-game. Tony has one player from each team in tomorrow night's game, Ron Hainsey from the Leafs and John Carlson of the Capitals, so he'll be looking to defend tonight.
His nearest challenger at the start of play is Wes and Wes is shut out of any more points in this game. Next up on the list... Brian? Nope. Stacey M.? Nope. Benson has 2 points! That would take a big game from Ovechkin to challenge, I guess.
Nevertheless, it should be a pretty fun game, I'm thinking. Hopefully, the ice stands up to the speed.