The Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs will face each other Saturday night in the Coors Light Stadium Series outdoor game in the Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
This will be the third outdoor game for both franchises. Both teams are 2-0 in outdoor games.
Toronto beat Detroit in the 2014 Winter Classic 3 to 2 in a shoot-out in front of 105,491 fans in Michigan University’s football stadium. The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 34,000. The Winter Classic was the first Winter Classic to be held at a stadium dedicated solely to college football. This year’s game is also in a college football stadium (as well as Navy lacrosse).
The Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings in the rematch in the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic in BMO Stadium in Toronto 5 to 4 in overtime. Auston Matthews scored the game-winning goal. Matthews is the second leading scorer for Toronto (28-22-50). It was his second goal of the game. Michael Marner, the team’s leading scorer (17-36-53), also scored in the game.
Washington won the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic verses Pittsburgh 3 to 1 in Heinz Field. The game had originally been scheduled for 1:00 p.m., but due to concerns about rain, on December 31 the game was shifted to 8 pm. The forecast for this year’s game, also starting at 8 pm, is a windy low of 31 degrees.
The Capitals beat the Blackhawks in the 2015 Winter Classic in Nationals Stadium in Washington DC 3 to 2 when Troy Brouwer scored the go-ahead goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation play. Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals’ leading scorer (39-32-71), had the primary assist on the game-winning goal.
The Capitals and the Maple Leafs played in the first round of last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. This was the first-ever post-season matchup between the two clubs. Washington won the series 4-2, which included five games decided in overtime.