Game 30: Maple Leafs Vs. Penguins Preview

By: Casey Shea

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will put their 10-game winning streak on the line when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

In addition to the 10-game winning streak, the team is 12-0-1 in its last 13 games. They haven’t lost in regulation since a third period meltdown against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 10.

This will be the second and final meeting between the Maple Leafs and Penguins in Pittsburgh this season.

Toronto prevented the Penguins from getting their first win in the new arena with a 4-3 decision on Oct. 13.

The Penguins outshot the Maple Leafs 25-14, but neither goaltender had much of a chance of stopping the pucks that tickled the twine.

Toronto started off the season on fire, but have since cooled off and have fallen to the bottom of the Northeast Division.

In their last six games, the Maple Leafs are 2-3-1 and have gone past regulation three times.

However, they have won two in a row and both required third period comebacks against the Bruins and Washington Capitals.

Clarke MacArthur continues to lead the Leafs with 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists), while Phil Kessel leads the team with 10 goals.

Jonas Gustavsson (4-7-2, 2.75 GAA, .908 save percentage) will get the nod in net tonight and will look to improve to 2-0 against the Pens in his career. The only other time he faced the Pens was when the teams met on Oct. 13.

For Pittsburgh, what more can be said about what Sidney Crosby is doing right now? He’s currently riding a 16-game point streak (18 goals, 15 assists), he’s leading the league in points (48) and goals (24) and he’s done well against Toronto in his career (15 goals, 18 assists in 21 games).

In addition to the scoring up front, Marc-Andre Fleury (12-6-1, 2.35 GAA, .912 save percentage) is the hottest goaltender in the NHL right now.

He’s won a personal-best, nine games in a row and has gone 11-0-1 in his last 12 starts. According to the Penguins’ official website, he’s posted a .941 save percentage and 1.64 goals-against average during the streak.

Against the Maple Leafs, Fleury is 8-7-2 with a 3.08 GAA and .896 save percentage.

Evgeni Malkin did not dress for the last two games and was not on the ice for Tuesday’s practice.

It remains to be seen if he’ll suit up against Toronto.

The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and can be seen on FSN Pittsburgh.

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