Toronto Maple Leafs 85 pts (39-22-7)

vs

Pittsburgh Penguins 82 pts (39-25-7)

7 p.m. ET

Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON

TV: CBC

Radio: Sportsnet 590 AM


Season Series/Schedule

Date      Game                                    GWG

12/9       TOR 4 @ PIT 3                    Tyler Bozak

2/17       TOR 3 @ PIT 5                    Olli Maata

3/10       PIT @ TOR          


Team Leaders

Maple Leafs                                                                                       Penguins

Mitch Marner, 54                                             Points                   Evgeni Malkin, 84

Auston Matthews, 28                                     Goals                    Evgeni Malkin, 38

Marner/Nylander/Gardiner, 36                  Assists                 Sidney Crosby, 51


Phil Kessel and the Penguins will make their one and only appearance to the Air Canada Centre tonight after these two teams split the first two games in Pittsburgh.  Tyler Bozak has had a nice season series versus the Penguins with three goals, including a game winner, and five points.

The Maple Leafs enter tonight’s game on a four-game losing streak and have not looked good in their last two outings.  The Penguins have won three straight and have seven wins in their last 10 games, despite being without goaltender Matt Murray and forwards Bryan Rust and Dominik Simon.

The Leafs will be happy to be home as they are undefeated in their last nine games at the Air Canada Centre.  The Penguins are three games below .500 on the road this season, so hopefully this will add up to the end of the current losing streak. 

Mike Babcock made one change to the lineup from what we saw in Buffalo earlier in the week.  Matt Martin is back in the press box, while Josh Leivo will suit up for just the third time since New Year’s Eve.


Probable Maple Leafs lineup

FORWARDS

Zach Hyman - William Nylander - Mitchell Marner

Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown

Josh Leivo - Tomas Plekanec - Kasperi Kapanen

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott - Roman Polak

GOALTENDER

Frederik Andersen (32-18-5, 2.78 GAA, .919 save %, 5 SO)

INJURY REPORT

LW-Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia) out, C-Auston Matthews (shoulder) out


Probable Penguins Lineup

FORWARDS

Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Connor Sheary

Carl Hagelin - Evgeni Malkin - Patric Hornqvist

Riley Sheahan - Derrick Brassard - Phil Kessel

Tom Kuhnhackl - Josh Jooris - Carter Rowney

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang

Jamie Oleksiak - Justin Schultz

Olli Maata - Chad Ruhwedel

GOALTENDER

Tristan Jarry (13-5-2, 2.66 GAA, .914 save %, 2 SO)

INJURY REPORT

G-Matt Murray (concussion) out, LW-Bryan Rust (upper-body) out, LW-Dominik Simon (lower-body) out

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: USA Today