Capitals Vs. Maple Leafs: Washington, Toronto Battle North Of The Border With Playoff Hopes On The Line

February 24, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) makes a save on Montreal Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque (27) in front of Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Capitals (30-26-5, 65 pts) and Toronto Maple Leafs (29-25-7, 65 pts) clash Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, with both teams desperately looking for a win to aid them in their quest to make the playoffs.

The Washington Capitals (30-26-5, 65 pts) and Toronto Maple Leafs (29-25-7, 65 pts) clash Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, with both teams desperately looking for a win to aid them in their quest to make the playoffs.

Both squads have 65 points on the season, both teams are 3-6-1 in their last ten games and both teams can help their playoff cause greatly with a victory. The Maple Leafs have lost three games in a row, and the Capitals snapped a three game losing streak with a much-needed 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Friday night at Verizon Center.

Alexander Ovechkin scored his 25th goal of the season in the win over Montreal, improving Washington's record to 14-4-2 in games in which he finds the net. Ovechkin has not scored in the two previous matchups against the Maple Leafs this season.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Caps blog. For the opponent's perspective, check out Pension Plan Puppets. For all your NHL news as the trade deadline approaches, be sure to follow along at SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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