Pittsburgh Penguins (8-2-2) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-1)
TV: ROOT, CBC
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Games against the Leafs are always a battle. It's Kessel versus Neal tonight for goal scoring champion of October.
Staal is out.
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last meeting that counted: March 2nd, 2011. Leafs won 3-2 [OT].
What we said in our recap:
It doesn't get more frustrating than this loss, a loss that you saw coming a mile away. and there was nothing you could do about it. We have no clue why — and maybe people can help us out — but for whatever reason this was one of the most frustrating losses we've experienced since doing this blog and being a fan in general.
Know Your Enemy: Puckin' Eh
What they're saying:
Okay, so six wins in October isn't the most amazing accomplishment, seven teams have already done it this year and there are still four nights of hockey left in the month. This is however an amazing accomplishment for the Leafs as they haven't had a six win October since 2006, and there are two more chances for the Leafs to build on that total.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Staal's out tonight. Because that's exactly what we needed.
Stuff about Crosby.
More stuff about Crosby.
Toronto Maple Leafs Notes:
Mats Sundin will have his number honoured (with a "u") by the Leafs.
James Reimer is mysterious.
Jonas Gustavsson will be in net and Phil Kessel will play.
Favorite Maple Leafs-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Steve Sullivan – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Chris Kunitz – Richard Park – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Mark Letestu – Arron Asham
Steve MacIntyre/Dustin Jeffery – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Kris Letang – Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin – Deryk Engelland
Matt Niskanen – Ben Lovejoy
Toronto Maple Leafs lines from Empty Netters:
Joffrey Lupul – Tim Connolly – Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Matthew Lombardi – Tyler Bozak – Matt Frattin
Philippe Dupuis – David Steckel – Mike Brown
Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Luke Schenn
John-Michael Liles – Mike Komisarek