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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 35: Pittsburgh Penguins

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (17-14-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (23-10-1)

Where: Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where to watch: Sportsnet – Ontario, NHLN-US, RDS

Where to listen: TSN 1050

Enemy blog: Pens Labyrinth

Lineups (via Daily Faceoff):

LEAFS

Forwards

James van RiemsdykNazem KadriPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondPeter HollandJoffrey Lupul

Jerry D’AmigoJay McClementNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenTrevor SmithTroy Bodie

Defense

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Cody FransonJake Gardiner

Morgan RiellyJohn-Michael Liles

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

PENGUINS

Forwards

Chris KunitzSidney CrosbyPascal Dupuis

Harry ZolnierczykJussi JokinenJayson Megna

Chris ConnerBrandon SutterJoe Vitale

Craig AdamsZach SillChuck Kobasew

Defense

Olli MaattaMatt Niskanen

Brian DumoulinRobert Bortuzzo

Philip Samuelsson – Simon Despres

Goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury

Jeff Zatkoff

Notes:

– The Maple Leafs will look to rebound after their last game against the Penguins ended with the Leafs blowing 4-1 and 5-3 leads en route to a 6-5 shootout loss.

– As you can see by the lineups, the Penguins are vastly depleted by injuries and suspensions, especially on the blueline. James Neal is still serving his suspension and Evgeni Malkin is all but certain to sit out tonight. This is a team that the Leafs need to take advantage of. However, with Sidney Crosby in the lineup, the Pens are always a dangerous team.

– After shutting down Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, expect Jerry D’Amigo, Jay McClement and Nikolai Kulemin to get the same assignment against Crosby’s line.

– The Leafs and Pens have split the season series so far. This will be the deciding game.

Be sure to join us for the live game thread tonight.

Tags: Jay McClement Jerry D'Amigo Nikolai Kulemin Toronto Maple Leafs

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