The Pittsburgh Penguins come into tonight winners of 6 in a row, playing a Toronto team that has played poorly for most of the season. They have played this same Toronto team that has struggled all season way too close for comfort. For some reason, the Leafs have had the Pens number this season.
To make things tonight even more interesting, Fleury is getting the night off, and Brad Thiessen will be between the pipes. Fleury is fine, just getting some rest. Brad got a win last week against Columbus. The Pens were on the ice today and these were the lines that practiced together per Sam Kasan of the Pens Report.
Sidney Crosby was also on the ice today taking hits and participating in drills. As he mentioned to the press yesterday, the team itself is not targeting a comeback game, but Sid did mention possibly Sunday and if that is the case expect it to be extremely limited. Coach Bylsma was trying to keep Sid under 15 minutes during his last comeback and could not, but expect him to have better luck doing that this time.
The Maple Leafs are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. Kessel is in the Points hunt with 70 and is playing great hockey. Joffrey Lupul is also playing well just 3 points behind him. But as most Penguins fans should remember, it was Mikhail Grabovski that has been the real Penguins Killer. In the 3 games this year, Grabovski has 6 points, 3 goals and 3 assists. Scoring has not been a huge issue, it has been giving up goals. The Goalies carry a goals against average around 3 per game and the defense is killing penalties at a 76.9 %, worst in the league.
The Puck drops tonight at 7:30pm, and just in case anyone is counting, the Penguins are 10-1-0 in the last 11 games at home. You can follow me on Twitter at Sports Monger and don’t miss Sports Monger Radio every Friday Night at 11pm where we cover all the weeks Penguins news and game reviews.