If you didn’t believe in the Toronto Maple Leafs before the playoffs began, you may begin to start taking note of them now. The Maple Leafs have done the improbable thus far, as they head into Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead over the Capitals. Game 3 went to overtime yet again, with the same result transpiring.
A nifty tip from Nazem Kadri put the puck over Holtby, into the net, giving the Leafs a lead in the series. Did the Capitals overlook the Maple Leafs coming into this series? I don’t think so. The speed of this team is really bothering the Capitals, though.
There is some speed to go around on the Leafs. They’re a young core with plenty of jump in their step. No matter what happens from here, kudos must be given to what this team has done against the Capitals. Like I said before the same began, the Leafs are gaining valuable experience that will feel its impact for years to come in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs are hoping the future is now, though. For the Capitals, they must be thinking oh no here we go again. The Caps usually don’t have any problems in the first round, it’s not until later that they play the role of chokers.
However, a loss tonight could send this franchise into frustration on a whole different level. Washington would have to win three straight if they take a loss tonight at the ACC.
An optimistic Capitals’ fan might say that they’re just getting it out of the way now, before they turn it on and run through the rest of the playoff schedule. I don’t care what anyone says, though, the Leafs are in the Caps’ heads and are in a must-win scenario tonight in Game 4. Didn’t think you’d hear that, did you? Let’s get right to our Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 4 pick below.
Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game 4 Pick
If the Capitals so in fact lose this series, where in the world can you go from here? They’ve already been the best team in the regular season and came up short in the playoffs. Here we are in the first round against a wildcard team struggling. Nevertheless, a strong performance tonight could turn this series right back in their direction heading back to Washington.
It was really unlike Braden Holtby to allow 4 goals in a game. It makes the Leafs’ comeback even the more impressive. An old Toronto team would have laid down and played dead without any fight.
Mike Babcock isn’t going to allow that to happen, though, it’s pretty clear. I expect another close affair tonight at the ACC, maybe even another overtime? In any event, I think we’re going to have a split in both cities through the first two games of the series. I’m seeing a collision course for a seven-game series. The Capitals get it back tonight, setting up a knotted-up series as it turns to Washington for Game 5.
PICK: CAPITALS (-145)