ALEX OVECHKIN (8) celebrates with PHILIPP GRUBAUER (31) and MADISON BOWEY (22) after a comeback win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Capitals beat the Hurricanes 4-3.

Caps, Maple Leafs Prepare for Coors Light Stadium Series

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.