The Leafs are always annoying to play against.
No matter what year it is, they manage to blow the Pens out at least once a season.
It's going to be even worse this year.
Brian Burke has ratcheted up the intensity and filled his team with players that would rather start a fight or deliver a big hit than score a goal.
And the fact that it's preseason doesn't mean they won't play rough.
In their game yesterday against the Flyers, the Leafs had four fighting majors and a misconduct penalty.
On Wednesday against the Bruins they also had four fighting majors.
The Pens had two fights against Columbus.
It's not gonna be pretty.
Tonight's line-up for the Pens:
Luca Caputi – Evgeni Malkin – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Wyatt Smith – Bill Guerin
Konstantin Pushkarev – Craig Adams- Nick Johnson
Paul Bissonnette – Mike Rupp – Tim Wallace
Alex Goligoski – Nate Guenin
Chris Lee – Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik – Ben Lovejoy
Caputi and Kennedy on a line with Malkin.
Bisonnette and Rupp should be able to handle the Leafs if needed.
The Leafs lineup.
Viktor Stalberg – Matt Stajan – Robert Slaney
Jason Blake – Jason Allison – Jiri Tlusty
Alex Foster – Tim Brent – Bill Thomas
Jamal Mayers – John Mitchell – Darryl Boyce
*Kyle Rogers may play
Garnet Exelby – Ian White
Jeff Finger – Juraj Mikus
Carl Gunnarson – Andy Rogers
Bill Thomas is back in the building.
Another terrible moment in Leafs/Pens history:
We still remember cringing as that puck went in.
The Leafs somehow find a way to make things difficult for the Penguins at least once a year.
There's clips of him announcing for NBC on there.
The Pens filmed part of their pregame video today:
Niklas Kronwall and Chris Pronger heard the phrase "headshot day" and got excited.
"I think if you look at Serena Williams, she'll take full responsibility for what she did. She probably did something she regrets. Kanye West … did something he regrets… When you're talking about the handshake, I did absolutely nothing wrong there."
– Sidney Crosby
"I think Kris Draper needs to get a life, honestly."
– Craig Adams
The game will be shown on LeafsTV
and the Leafs official site
, but you can probably only watch that if you're in Southern Ontario.
Sticking with the 80s cartoon theme for now.