The Toronto Maple Leafs will be back in action on Tuesday Night as they will be in the capital to take on washington. The game is the first for either team since Saturday night, an evening of NHL action that saw the Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadians 4-3 in overtime. For the most part, Toronto has been at home in this young season, and the Washington game represents the first true test on the road against a team considered to be among the Cup favorites. For this reason, it will be interesting to see if the Maple Leafs are able to retain their momentum or if they come back to the pack a little bit.

But while the Capitals are considered to be an elite team in the NHL they do enter Tuesday's game following an embarrassing defeat in their last game. The Caps played the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday with Philly handing the Capitals a crushing 8-2 defeat. Philipp Grubauer took the loss in the game without any relief despite the high-goal total: all eight goals against Toronto went against his goaltending statistics. Washington should be happy to go back to Braden Holtby on Tuesday and therein lays a big problem for the Maple Leafs to solve as Holtby promises to contend for the Vezina trophy this season.

Leafs' goaltending situation

The Leafs will start Frederik Andersen in net, as per Rotowire's starting lineups, a player that has seen all of the action between the pipes for Toronto so far.

However, Toronto is facing games in back-to-back nights as they head to Detroit to take on the Red Wings on Wednesday. With Andersen likely needing to be rested after Tuesday night, Toronto's backup goaltending situation will probably be highlighted tomorrow. They have Curtis McElhinney as their second-best goaltender, but did recently trade for Calvin Pickard.

The latter played well for the Toronto Marlies on Monday evening.

Top scorers for both teams

The hottest player for either team, in terms of scoring stats, heading into the Tuesday-night game is Alex Ovechkin. He wasn't effective against Philadelphia, but overall Ovechkin already has nine goals and an assist in just six games of action.

Washington's T.J. Oshie hasn't exactly been a pushover either as he has a goal-heavy eight points on the season already. Meanwhile, Auston Matthews is the leading point man for the Leafs so far this season. He has five goals and three assists for eight points in total.

Game time from Washington's Verizon Center is 7 pm ET tonight.