Struggling Leafs Face Tough Test Against Washington Capitals The Toronto Maple Leafs have had some difficulty establishing consistency in their game to start the season. They’ve alternated wins and losses for the majority of their 13 games, and that’s resulted in a 6-5-2 record thus far. A big reason for those struggles has been due to the Leafs’ inability to keep the puck out of their own net. They’re third-last place in the NHL with 44 goals against and are just plus-2 in goal differential. Something will need to change if the Leafs have playoff aspirations this season.

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Toronto will have a stiff test when they welcome the Washington Capitals to Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. The Caps are tied for first in the league with 19 points on the season—five better than the Leafs. Washington has scored a league-leading 50 goals through 13 games played, and have been led by a surprising veteran thus far. Defenseman John Carlson is tied for second in the NHL with 21 points on the season (5 goals, 16 assists). It’ll be key for Toronto to find a way to slow Carlson and the rest of the high-powered Caps if they hope to avoid dropping their second game to Washington this season. The game kicks off in Toronto, starting at 7 PM ET.