Pittsburgh Penguins (29-17-4) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (25-19-6)
TV: ROOT, TSN, RDSI
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
A rematch from last night. The Leafs will look a little different as James Reimer will be in net and John-Michael Liles and Colby Armstrong will be in the line-up. Brent Johnson will be in net rather than the proverbial "hot hand" in Marc-Andre Fleury. Johnson lost to the Leafs earlier in the year. The Pens are looking to win nine straight tonight.
Season Series: 1-1-0
Last meeting that counted: January 31, 2012. Penguins won 5-4 [SO].
What we said in our recap:
Then Malkin tied it with 6.6 seconds left with a deflection off the "A" on his chest. After an insane overtime, Malkin scored in the shootout and no clue what Phil Kessel was doing. The shootout win capped off one of the best Pens comebacks in recent memory.
Know Your Enemy: Pension Plan Puppets
What they're saying:
Well last night didn't go according to plan, but thanks to some timely losses by other teams in the hunt, our playoff chances only dropped by 0.2% down to a respectable 70.9%. Not too shabby, though 3-point games between NYR-NJD and PHI-WPG currently didn't help. The more this teams suffers from 'magical' 3-point games, the more I want to see a 3-2-1-0 scoring system implemented. Why should one game be worth more than another? It just doesn't make sense to me.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Fleury likes to play a lot.
We found this comment on TSN's story about the Pens claiming O'Reilly: "This looked like the start of the dominos. Look for a much larger deal, likely trying to dump Staal and Martin, and getting a top six foward, and clearing $9m of cap space to help sign Neal."
Toronto Maple Leafs Notes:
More on the Leafs shuffling their line up.
Ray Ferraro isn't impressed by Dion Phaneuf's voice.
Yesterday's blown lead was "demoralizing" for the Leafs.
Favorite Maple Leafs-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from yesterday, with Lovejoy likely in for Engelland.
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 – 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 – Colby Armstrong
Joey Crabb – David Steckel – Mike Brown
Dion Phaneuf – Carl Gunnarsson
John-Michael Liles – Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner – Luke Schenn
We're still riding the hot hand.