Thursday, March 14, 2013

Penguins Game 28 Preview - @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs

7:00 p.m., Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Last Penguins Game:
March 12, 2013 - Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2 [Recap]

This series has been a pretty outstanding one all season. This is the third, and final, time that they will play all saeson but I am not going to lie from a purely entertainment value I wouldn't mind seeing these two teams play in the playoffs. That might not be too far fetched as if the Leafs do get in the playoffs it would like be as a six or seven seed and with the way the top of the Eastern Conference is playing out that could be against the Penguins. Man, that would be fun.

Anyways, the Penguins and Leafs played just a few days ago so nothing much is really going to change on the playing end. James van Riemsdyk is going to be one of the focal points for the Penguins defense but Phil Kessel has really started to heat up after a really slow start to the season. Nazem Kadri has been probably the Leafs best players on the season not named JVR.

The real difference is going to be in net for the Leafs as they will go with Ben Scrivens. Scrivens has paired with James Riemer, who played on Saturday against the Penguins, and has a 2.51 goals against average and a .919 save percentage on the season to give the Leafs a strong 1-2 punch.

The Penguins will go with Marc-Andre Fleury in net as he is starting to get more regular minutes as he tries to work out of his struggles. In the month of March he has played four games and surrendered 13 goals and only holds an .852 save percentage on the month. He played when the teams met on Saturday and gave up four goals on 26 shots but was perfect in the overtime and shootout periods.


The Probables:

Pittsburgh (19-8-0) (via Penguins website)

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Beau Bennett - Dustin Jeffrey - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Simon Despres - Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


Toronto (15-11-1) (via Penguins website)

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Jay McClement - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Frazer McLaren - McCelement - Colton Orr

Defense
Dion Phaneuf - Korbinian Holzer
Carl Gunnarson - Mike Kostka
Cody Franson - Mark Fraser

Goaltender
Ben Scrivens



The Season Series (Toronto Leads 1-0-1)

March 9, 2013 - Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 4 (SO)

  January 22, 2013 - Toronto 5, Pittsburgh 2 The Stats:

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