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Friday, January 10th (All times Eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (21-19-5) at Washington Capitals (21-16-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to avoid a fourth straight setback on Friday night as they wrap up back-to-back road games with a clash against the Washington Capitals.

The Maple Leafs are mired in a defensive rut, having given up 18 goals over their losing streak. It hasn't helped that the offense has managed just five goals in that span, three of those in one game.

Toronto managed just Joffrey Lupul's tally in last night's 6-1 setback to the Carolina Hurricanes.

James Reimer yielded six goals on 36 shots for the Leafs, who have not won since a 3-2 shootout decision over Detroit in the Winter Classic.

"This wasn't the game we wanted to play tonight," said Reimer. "I wanted to hang in there and keep it as close as I could, but they got one early in the second and then another one in the third. That was tough."

The Capitals come in having also been in action on Thursday night, when they logged a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Washington failed to hold a two-goal lead and allowed a game-tying goal with 5:30 left in the third period, but Eric Fehr bailed out his club by scoring his second goal of the game with 52 seconds to play.

Marcus Johansson and Mikhail Grabovski also scored, while Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin added one assist apiece to help the Capitals snap a four- game slide (0-2-2).

Philipp Grubauer made 33 saves.

"We were lucky to be able to come back and get the win," Fehr said.

The Capitals have lost three of their past four to the Maple Leafs, including a 2-1 shootout decision in Toronto on Nov. 23. Reimer made 49 saves and Lupul had the go-ahead goal in the tiebreaker.

Jonathan Bernier is likely to get the start tonight for the Leafs and has won both of his previous career appearances versus the Capitals while stopping 42- of-45 shots.

Ovechkin scored versus Toronto and Braden Holtby made 27 saves.

Holtby could draw the start tonight and is a solid 2-0-1 in his career versus Toronto with a 0.97 GAA.

The Maple Leafs have lost six of eight and seven of their last 10 in Washington.

01/10 10:46:16 ET

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Schedule

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Philadelphia «4Final | Box
NY Rangers2Rink Replay
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Boston4@theRink | TV: NBC, TSN, RDS
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Tampa Bay 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Montreal NBC, TSN
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Montreal leads series, 2-0.
Los Angeles 4/20 10:00 PM ET
San Jose NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
4th
MIA 77
CHA 69
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
13th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
12th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
11th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
 
7th
CHC 2
CIN 8
 
7th
TEX 2
CWS 9
 
4th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
5th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
COL 4
PHI 3
 
4th
SDP 2
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
4th
MIA 77
CHA 69
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
3rd
BOS 4
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3