NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 4th (All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (3-4-3-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (5-4-2-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to manage without captain Mario Lemieux tonight when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Lemieux is expected to miss this evening's contest due to a strained muscle in his left hip. He left Saturday's 3-2 overtime win versus Boston, but said the hip had been bothering him for roughly 10 days.
Pittsburgh has won two straight entering tonight's tilt, and on Saturday rookie Ryan Malone scored at 2:10 of overtime to cap off the Pens' comeback from an 2-0 deficit. Rico Fata tallied two goals and Dick Tarnstrom chipped in a pair of assists for Pittsburgh, which improved to 2-0-1 in its last three games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for the Penguins and moved to 3-2-2. The soon-to-be 19-year-old phenom has recorded a stingy 1.95 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in seven appearances.
Pittsburgh, 1-2-1 on the road, kicks off a four-game trek tonight and will visit Florida on Friday.
Toronto, meanwhile, ended a three-game losing slide with a 2-1 victory in Carolina on Sunday. The effort, which saw the Leafs renew their focus on defensive play, was a nice rebound from an embarrassing 7-1 pounding at the hands of Philadelphia the previous night at the ACC.
Against the Hurricanes, backup goaltender Mikael Tellqvist stopped 24-of-25 shots to back the effort, and Mats Sundin and Ken Klee netted the Toronto goals. Alexander Mogilny set up both tallies.
Toronto played without center Joe Nieuwendyk, who sat with back spasms. Nieuwendyk is day-to-day, but is not even listed on the club's official injury report.
The Maple Leafs, 1-2-1-1 at Air Canada Centre, will visit New Jersey on Friday.
Toronto went 3-1 against Pittsburgh last season and has won five of the last nine meetings. The Pens have dropped three of their last five at Toronto.
11/04 10:11:32 ET