Toronto Maple Leafs (25-19-5) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (28-17-4)
TV: ROOT, TSN
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
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Season Series: 0-1-0
Last meeting that counted: October 29, 2011. Leafs won 4-3.
What we said in our recap:
So many people getting laid in Toronto after this game. The main battle here was Neal vs. Kessel. Both came in tied for the league lead in goals. Kessel left the building all alone at the top. There are some chirps about why Johnson started this game when the Pens had 37 days off before they play again on Thursday. Very curious decision. We'll take Brent Johnson as a backup every day of the week, but there's a reason MAF is number one and Beej is number two.
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What they're saying:
Despite their recoveries coming along nicely, it doesn't look like either of John-Michael Liles or Colby Armstrong will play tonight; instead look for them to re-debut tomorrow on the tail end of another bizarre back-to-back home-and-home. (My inside sources tells me he's 97% sure Reimer starts tomorrow.) So that means the same lineup tonight as we saw last Tuesday on Long Island; including Jonas Gustavsson in net.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
The Pens have won seven-in-a-row.
Crosby skated today.
Dan Bylsma says is not unhappy with the Penguins' medical staff.
Toronto Maple Leafs Notes:
The Leafs are currently just outside of a playoff spot.
Can they keep Malkin in check?
Will the Leafs trade Mikhail Grabovski?
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Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Pascal Dupuis – Dustin Jeffrey – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Richard Park – Steve Sullivan
Colin McDonald – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Kris Letang – Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen – Deryk Engelland/Ben Lovejoy
Toronto Maple Leafs lines from Empty Netters:
Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Matthew Lombardi – Tim Connelly – Nazem Kadri
Joey Crabb – David Steckel – Mike Brown
Dion Phaneuf – Luke Schenn
Carl Gunnarsson – Mike Komisarek
Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson
Game one of a home-and-home against the Leafs who will be playing desperate hockey as they hope to make it into the playoffs. Phil Kessel has 26 goals. So does Evgeni Malkin. James Neal has 27.