Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Time: Saturday, Novemeber 3rd, 2018

Toronto: 8-5-0 for 16 points

Pittsburgh: 6-2-1 for 13 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs come into Pittsburgh on a 2 game losing streak and looking to get back into the win column in a hurry. This will mark the 2nd meeting of the season and the 3rd game without superstar Auston Matthews. Pittsburgh has only lost 3 games this season 2 in regulation and 1 in overtime. Look for it to be a close game between two top teams.

 

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup
Auston Matthews – 16 points (10 goals 6 assists) 53% on Face-off

Mitch Marner – 16 points (4 goals 12 assists)

Morgan Rielly – 16 points (4 goals 12 assists)

John Tavares – 14 points (7 goals 7 assists) 49% on face-offs

 

Evgeni Malkin –20 points (7 goals 13 assists) 49.3% faceoffs

Phil Kessel– 16 points (7 goal 9 assists)

Sidney Crosby– 14 points (6 goal 8 assist)

Kris Letang– 12 points (4 goal 8 assists)

 

Frederik Andersen

6-5-0 2.53GAA .919SV%

Matt Murray

4-2-1 3.45GAA .897SV%

 

Probable Lineups:

Toronto:

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Kasperi Kapanen – Nazem Kadri– Patrick Marleau

Tyler Ennis – Pars Lindholm – Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson – Frederik Gauthier – Josh Leivo

Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov
Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks
Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Auston Matthews (Shoulder)

Suspension: None

 

Penguins:

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Derrick Simon

Carl Hagelin – Evgeni Malkin– Phil Kessel

Bryan Rust– Riley Sheahan – Patric Hornqvist

Derek Grant – Matt Cullen – Daniel Sprong

Brian Dumoulin –Kris Letang

Olli Maatta – Jamie Oleksiuk

Jack Johnson – Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Casey DeSmith
Scratched: None

Injuries: Justin Schultz, Derrick Brassard

Suspension: None

 

4 Keys to Winning against Pittsburgh:

  1. Be Aggresive
    1. Play like you did in Dallas, hard on the forecheck and aggressive in all zones.
  2. Faceoffs
    1. Need to start winning faceoffs again. Get the puck first and quick.
  3. John Tavares/Mitch Marner
    1. Needs to bring their A game from the beginning. They need someone to step up and it needs to be at least one of these two and I wouldn’t expect anything less.
  4. Limit Turnovers
    1. No crazy turnovers, way too much talent on this Penguins. They will make you pay for even the tiniest mistake

 

Game Day Lineups:

 

First Period:

Toronto Penalty – 04:46 – Patrick Marleau 2 minutes from Hooking

Toronto Goal – 09:34 – John Tavares (8) from Mitch Marner (13) and Ron Hainsey (4)

End of 1st – TOR – 1       PIT – 0

 

Shots              13                09

Faceoffs         21/29          8/29

Hits               9                  15

PP                 0/0               0/1

 

Analysis:

Leafs are winning faceoffs, and playing aggressive in all zone. Marner and Tavares look like they came ready to play.

 

Need to Do:

Get more bodies in front of Murray really having a hard time tracking the puck.

 

 

Second Period:

Toronto Goal – 00:44 – Patrick Marleau (3) from Kasperi Kapanen (5) and Nazem Kadri (5)

Toronto Penalty – 01:21 – Igor Ozhiganov 2 minutes for Tipping

Toronto Penalty – 03:22 – Nazem Kadri 2 minutes for High Sticking

Pittsburgh Penalty – 09:37 – Jamie Oleksiuk 2 minutes for Hooking

Toronto Goal – 11:49 – Morgan Rielly (5) from John Tavares (8) and Kasperi Kapanen (5)

Pittsburgh Penalty – 15:38 – Bryan Rust 2 minutes for Roughing

Toronto Goal – 00:44 – Patrick Marleau (3) from Kasperi Kapanen (5) and Nazem Kadri (5)

 

End of 2nd – TOR – 3        PIT – 0

Shots               30                 18

Faceoffs          35/61            26/61

Hits                 20                  28

PP                   0/2                  0/3

 

Analysis:

Leaf came out flying this period with solid defensive play and it turned into serious offence curtesy of some nifty play by Kasperi Kapanen. I said in the pre-game Tavares and Marner need to be the best players and that they are tonight.

 

Need to Do:

Shut down, but don’t take your foot off the gas pedal.

 

Third Period:

Toronto Penalty – 03:32 – Igor Ozhiganov 2 minutes for Holding

Pittsburgh Penalty – 14:42 – Carl Hagelin 2 minutes for Slashing

Toronto PP Goal – 15:33 – Morgan Rielly (6) from Mitch Marner (14) and Jake Gardiner (7)

Toronto Penalty – 19:11 – Connor Brown 2 minutes for Interference

Toronto SH Goal – 19:40 – Zach Hyman (1) Unassisted

 

End of 3rd – TOR – 5         PIT – 0

Shots              33                      31

Faceoffs        45/80              35/80

Hits               25                       46

PP                 1/3                    0/5

 

 Analysis:

John Tavares, Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly silencing all the critics. Frederik Andersen shutting the door all made for a pretty convincing Leafs win. Tavares dominated in the faceoff circle, while Marner had the vision going at it’s finest. Also Hainsey looked like the shutdown guy he was last season.

 

Next Up:

Vegas (5-7-1 13pts) @ Toronto (9-5-0 18pts)

New Jersey (5-4-1 11pts) @ Pittburgh (6-3-3 15pts)

 

You can watch TXHT Live this Tuesday at 8p EST on both Twitch and Facebook Live.

 

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