Game 28 Preview: Penguins Vs. Maple Leafs

By: Casey Shea

TORONTO (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will travel north of the border for their final meeting of the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night.

The two teams have split the previous two meetings this season, with the visiting team winning both.

In their last meeting on March 9, the Maple Leafs rallied from two, two-goal deficits to force overtime before falling in a shootout.

Pittsburgh outshot Toronto 41-26 in the contest.

Toronto has slid to fourth in the Northeast Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference by going 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. The have also lost three in a row.

Phil Kessel (nine goals, 16 assists) and Nazem Kadri (11 goals, 14 assists) lead the team with 25 points.

James Van Riemsdyk leads the team with 14 goals.

In goal, James Reimer (9-4-1, 2.79 GAA, .916 save percentage) has struggled of late, having allowed four goals in four of his last five starts.

Reimer is 3-0-2 with a 2.51 GAA and .921 save percentage against the Penguins.

Pittsburgh enters tonight’s game riding a six-game winning streak after a thrilling 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

The Penguins trailed 2-0 in the third period, but rallied for three goals in about four minutes to keep their streak alive.

Brandon Sutter scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, while Chris Kunitz got the Penguins on the board with his 18th goal of the season.

Sidney Crosby (12 goals, 33 assists) was held off the score sheet, but still has a wide lead in the NHL scoring race over Steven Stamkos and Kunitz.

Marc-Andre Fleury (13-5-0, 2.67 GAA, .901 save percentage) wasn’t tested often, but he made several key saves to keep the Penguins alive.

Fleury is 12-8-3 with a 3.25 GAA and .887 save percentage in his career against Toronto.

The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and you can watch the game on Root Sports.

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