Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leafs Pay the Caps a Visit, Minus One of Their Two New Goalies

The Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Verizon Center. Toronto picked up two goalies this week: Martin Gerber, formerly an Ottawa Senator, off waivers; and former Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, courtesy of a trade deal with Tampa Bay. Don't expect to see Olie in net at Verizon Center, though; he's still recovering from arm surgery. In fact, it's possible Olie may never see ice time in a Leaf jersey. He stated a while back that he may end up retiring if his recovery doesn't go as well as planned.

Kolzig, a first round draft pick by the Capitals in 1989, spent 18 seasons in DC before heading off to Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2008. He started in net for the Lightning when they played in DC on November, losing to Brent Johnson and the Caps in a 4-2 decision.

Gerber is expected to start in goal tonight for the Leafs as primary goalie Vesa Toskala prepares for a little surgery of his own. Jose' Theodore is expected to get the start for the Caps tonight, after missing Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes due to illness.

Michael Nylander is expected to return to the Capitals' lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch four games in a row. No word on who will sit this one out instead.


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