The Pittsburgh Penguins (10-3-1) are in town to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-5-2) after taking a 5-0 beat down at the hands of the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

When these two teams face each other, the potential for it to turn into a track meet is always there (see table below for more details). Both teams can score goals with the best of them;  Pittsburgh is technically 1st in the league right now with a .750 win percentage and Toronto climbing quickly at 10th in the league with a .625, despite the standings (not accounting for games played) having them listed at 8th and 10, respectively.

Toronto was embarrassed off the ice in the last match vs Pittsburgh, which included a jersey throwing incident. They look to be a different team than the one that showed up October 11th and they can take (some) comfort in Pittsburgh starting their backup goalie, Thomas Greiss.

In much the same way that they were destroyed the Bruins and came back to give them a taste of their own medicine, Toronto can save face with a good showing against Pittsburgh. They do look to be at a different level than Boston does right now, even considering are riding some unsustainably high numbers; Pittsburgh ranks 1st in the league with a PDO of 103.5, which should be moving back down closer to the 100 mark in due course.

This enigmatic Maple Leafs team is certainly an adventure to follow and games like this always add intrigue.

Head to Head:Maple LeafsPenguins
Record9-5-210-3-1
GF/G3.31 (3rd)3.86 (1st)
GA/G2.62 (15th)2.29 (8th)
SF/G31.0 (10th)31.6 (5th)
SA/G32.9 (26th)29.0 (13th)
PP24.1% (4th)35.6 % (1st)
PK84.5% (11th)87.5% (4th)
Sh%10.69% (4th)12.19% (1st)
Sv%92% (10th)92.1% (9th)
FO%51.2% (11th)50.9% (12th)

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins Since 2011-2012

SeasonDateLocationResult
2011-12 season:Sat Oct 29 2011at TorToronto 4, Pittsburgh 3
2011-12 season:Tue Jan 31 2012at PitPittsburgh 5, Toronto 4 (SO)
2011-12 season:Wed Feb 1 2012at TorToronto 1, Pittsburgh 0
2011-12 season:Wed Mar 7 2012at PitPittsburgh 3, Toronto 2
2012-13 season:Wed Jan 23 2013at PitToronto 5, Pittsburgh 2
2012-13 season:Sat Mar 9 2013at TorPittsburgh 5, Toronto 4 (SO)
2012-13 season:Thu Mar 14 2013at TorPittsburgh 3, Toronto 1
2013-14 season:Sat Oct 26 2013at TorToronto 4, Pittsburgh 1
2013-14 season:Wed Nov 27 2013at PitPittsburgh 6, Toronto 5 (SO)
2013-14 season:Mon Dec 16 2013at PitPittsburgh 3, Toronto 1
2014-15 season:Sat Oct 11 2014at TorPittsburgh 5, Toronto 2

Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup

Forwards
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Nick Spaling – Evgeni Malkin – Patric Hornqvist
Beau Bennett – Brandon Sutter – Steve Downie
Zach Sill – Marcel Goc – Craig Adams

Defence
Paul Martin – Kris Letang
Christian Ehrhoff – Robert Bortuzzo
Rob Scuderi – Simon Despres

Goal
Thomas Greiss
Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Blake Comeau
Injured: Olli Maatta (thyroid)

Toronto Maple Leafs Lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Daniel Winnik – Nazem Kadri – David Clarkson
Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – Mike Santorelli
Richard Panik – Trevor Smith – Josh Leivo

Defence
Dion Phaneuf – Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner – Roman Polak
Morgan Rielly – Stephane Robidas

Goal
Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: Matt Frattin
Injured: David Booth (broken foot), Joffrey Lupul (broken hand), Brandon Kozun (ankle)


 

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