Two Of The Hottest Teams In The NHL Square Off In Pittsburgh

Published February 17, 2018 at 12:00

"Toronto Maple Leafs 75 pts (35-19-5)
Pittsburgh Penguins 70 pts (33-22-4)
7 p.m. ET
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA
Radio: TSN 1050 AM

Season Series/Schedule
Date Game GWG
12/9 TOR 4 @ PIT 3 Tyler Bozak
2/17 TOR @ PIT
3/10 PIT @ TOR

Team Leaders
Maple Leafs Penguins
Auston Matthews, 47 Points Malkin/Kessel/Crosby, 66
Auston Matthews, 26 Goals Evegeni Malkin, 32
Mitch Marner, 32 Assists Sidney Crosby, 47

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Pittsburgh tonight for their second meeting with the Penguins tonight. The Leafs got two goals from Tyler Bozak along with goals from James van Riemsdyk and Connor Brown in a 4-3 victory in their first contest.
Mike Babcock held an optional skate this morning that was attended by defense Jake Gardiner, who missed Friday's morning skate after leaving Wednesday's win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He confirmed after today's skate that he is good to go and will play tonight.
Tonight's game will feature two of the hottest teams in the league. The Leafs have five straight wins and are 9-1-0 over their last 10 games while the Penguins have won three in a row and are 8-1-1 over their last 10 games. They are also undefeated in their last 10 games on home ice.

Probable Maple Leafs Lineup
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
Leo Komarov - Dominic Moore - Kasperi Kapanen
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott - Roman Polak
Frederik Andersen (29-15-4, 2.66 GAA, .922 save %, 4 SO)
LW-Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia) out

Probable Penguins Lineup
Zach Aston-Reese - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary
Carl Hagelin - Evgeni Malkin - Bryan Rust
Jake Guentzel - Riley Sheahan - Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon - Carter Rowney - Ryan Reaves
Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang
Olli Maatta - Justin Schultz
Ian Cole - Jamie Oleksiak
Matt Murray (21-12-2, 2.85 GAA, .908 save %, 1 SO)
D-Matt Hunwick (upper-body) day-to-day, RW-Patric Hornqvist (lower-body) out, LW-Tom Kuhnhackl (lower-body) out"

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