Pittsburgh Penguins vs Toronto Maple Leafs – 1/2/2019 – Game Day Preview

Time: Saturday, February 2nd,  2019

Toronto: 30-17-3 for 63 points

Pittsburgh: 28-17-6 for 62 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to pick up the pieces and continue their winning ways against teams that are in a playoff position as they take on the Pittsburgh Pengins at home.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –62 points (20 goals 42 assists)
John Tavares – 54 points (30 goals 24 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 51 points (13 goals 38 assists)
Auston Matthews – 45 points (22 goals 23 assists) 53% on Face-offs)

Sidney Crosby – 60 points (22 goals 38 assists)
Phil Kessel – 57 points (21 goal 36 assist)
Evgeni Malkin – 55 points (14 goal 41 assists)
Jake Guentzel – 49 points (26 goal 23 assists)

Garrett Sparks
6-3-1 2.91GAA .909SV%

Casey DeSmith
13-9-4 2.69GAA .918SV%

 

Lineups:

Toronto:

Mitch Marner– Auston Matthews – Patrick Marleau

Kasperi Kapanen – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Connor Brown – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Andreas Johnsson – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Ron Hainsey

 

Garrett Sparks

Frederik Andersen

 

Scratched: Justin Holl

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back),Tyler Ennis (Leg)

Suspension: None

 

Pittsburgh:

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Dominik Simon

Bryan Rust– Nick Bjugstad– Phil Kessel

Tanner Pearson –  Jared McCann – Patric Hornqvist

Garrett Wilson – Teddy Blueger – Matt Cullen

 

Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang

Olli Maatta – Juuso Riikola

Marcus Petterson – Jack Johnson

 

Casey DeSmith

Matt Murray

 

Scratched: None

Injuries: Justin Schultz, Zach Aston-Reese & Evgeni Malkin

Suspension: None

 

Keys to Winning against Pittsburgh

  1. Attack the Defence
    1. A lot young inexperienced blueliners on Pittsburgh right now. Force them to make plays under pressure.
  2. Better defensive positioning
    1. Need to be better in the defensive end or else that top line especially will make us pay.
  3. Powerplay
    1. This has got to get going and fast. 0-5 yesterday and a whopping 1-11 in the last few days.

 

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