Already a wait list at the Loose Moose near the ACC--seats full up for tonight's #Leafs game. #TMLtalk #LeafsNation
by Kim Nursall 10/26/2013 10:20:31 PM
LAST THREE GAMES:
OCTOBER 15 - TORONTO 2 at COLUMBUS 5 - The Columbus Blue Jackets got third-period goals from Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Johansen (ENG) and Nick Foligno to top the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at Nationwide Arena. Ryan Murray also scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves in the win. Phil Kessel and Dave Bolland each scored for Toronto while Jonathan Bernier stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced in the loss. TOR PP: 0-3 / CBJ PP: 1-6 / Shots: 25-36
OCTOBER 22 - TORONTO 4 vs. ANAHEIM 2 - Phil Kessel registered a hat trick to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Air Canada Centre. Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Leafs while Jonathan Bernier turned aside 23-of-25 shots in the victory. Nick Bonino and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller suffered the loss for Anaheim after allowing four goals on 23 shots. TOR PP: 1-3 / ANA PP: 0-4 / Shots: 23-25
OCTOBER 19 - TORONTO 1 at CHICAGO 3 - Brandon Pirri had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at United Center. Bryan Bickell and Mike Kostka also scored for Chicago while Corey Crawford made 19 saves in the win. Nazem Kadri posted Toronto's lone goal and Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves on 40 shots in a losing effort. TOR PP: 1-5 / CHI PP: 1-3 / Shots: 20-40
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 10:46:01 PM
#Leafs fans a little worried about Bozak.... #TMLTalk
by Kim Nursall 10/26/2013 10:46:18 PM
But also stoked on Kadri! #LeafsNation
by Kim Nursall 10/26/2013 10:48:50 PM
Some pregame notes
Leafs are 1-3-0 in their last four games .... Penguins have outscored the opposition 2-18 in 5-on-5 situations... Penguins have seven power play goals. ... Leafs have outshot the opposition 21-20 in 5-on-5s .. Leafs have 10 PP goals.
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 10:51:20 PM
TORONTO VERSUS PITTSBURGH: NOTABLES
- The Maple Leafs will wear their third sweater tonight for the 2nd of 13 games this season. (1-0-0)
- Phil Kessel leads all Toronto players in career assists (tie-12) and points (21) in 26 games against Pittsburgh.
- Joffrey Lupul leads all Toronto players in career goals (11) in 22 games against Pittsburgh.
- Nikolai Kulemin has registered more career assists (12) against Pittsburgh than against any other NHL club.
- Trevor Smith played one game for Pittsburgh in 2012-13.
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 10:55:33 PM
LEAFS POWERING UP
The Maple Leafs, who have scored at least one power-play goal in eight of their 11 games this season, are currently ranked fifth in the NHL with a 26.2% success rate. The top power-plays in the NHL so far this season are as follows: Rk.
Team - PP% 1. NY Islanders - 30.3% (10-for-33)
2. Washington - 29.7% (11-for-37)
3. St. Louis - 28.6% (8-for-28)
4. Minnesota - 26.7% (12-for-45)
5. Toronto - 26.2% (11-for-42)
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 10:56:07 PM
-Pittsburgh enters tonight having won back-to-back road games.
-The Penguins have won two straight games at the Air Canada Centre. They are 5-2-1 in their past eight visits.
-Overall, the Penguins are 9-5-1 against the Maple Leafs under Dan Bylsma.
-Tonight the Penguins finish the back end of the team’s second set of back-to-back games. Pittsburgh split its first set of back-to-backs, losing 6-3 at Florida on Oct. 11 and rebounding with a 5-4 win the next night at Tampa Bay.
-Beginning with their pair of games this weekend, the Penguins will play back-to-back games six of the next seven weekends. The lone exception is Nov. 8-10 when Pittsburgh’s lone weekend tilt is a Saturday night visit to St. Louis.
-Tonight’s game begins a stretch where Pittsburgh will play five of its next seven games on the road.
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 10:56:27 PM
NOTES ON SIDNEY CROSBY
NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby got himself back on the scoresheet Friday night, tallying his team-leading eighth goal of the season. With that goal, Crosby has now picked up at least one point in nine of his 10 games this season. Since the start of last season, Crosby has collected at least one point in 37 of his 46 regular-season games (80%). He has had multiple points in 22 of those contests (48%). The Penguins are 19-3 in games when Crosby has multiple points.
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 10:56:53 PM
CROSBY VS LEAFS
Crosby enters tonight’s game riding a nine-game point streak (11G-4A-15PTS) against the Toronto Maple Leafs dating back to Oct. 10, 2009. Crosby has at least one goal in eight of the nine games. Crosby also has notched at least one point in his past 18 games against Canadian-based teams. In 12 career games at the Air Canada Centre, Crosby has 17 points (9G-8A) –including at least one point in 11 of his 12 visits.
MALKIN VS LEAFS
Evgeni Malkin has historically played some of his best hockey against the
Toronto Maple Leafs. In 22 career games, Malkin has 40 points (10G-30A). That's the second-highest point total he's recorded against a non-divisional opponent behind only the 41 points he's notched against the Winnipeg Jets. In 11 career games at the Air Canada Centre, Malkin has registered three goals, 15 assists and 18 points. He has at least one point in nine of the 11 games.
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 10:57:28 PM
Randy Carlyle on facing Crosby/Malkin
"As always, with great players there are great challenges. Try to limit time and space for those players.
He (Crosby) has some tendencies he likes to do. We have to challenge ourselves to limit his time and space and be very aware of where he is on the ice and when he is on the ice."
Carlyle on facing Penguins
"They're a high-tempo team. They move the puck quickly and they play a chip-and-support game. When they're on top of their game, they're a strong forechecking team."
by Kevin McGran 10/26/2013 11:01:19 PM