NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, March 19th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (30-30-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-38-12), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to avoid their third loss in a
row tonight, as they travel to Mellon Arena to battle the lowly Pittsburgh
Tonight is the finale of a three-game road trip for the Leafs, who suffered a
loss in Buffalo on Thursday before losing to the Rangers at Madison Square
Garden on Saturday.
Jaromir Jagr notched a goal and three assists to lead the Rangers to a 5-2 win
Jason Allison had a pair of goals and Tomas Kaberle added two assists for the
Maple Leafs. Mikael Tellqvist made 19 saves in defeat. No. 1 goaltender Ed
Belfour missed his fourth straight game with a back injury and is expected to
sit out tonight's game as well.
The Leafs have dropped eight of their last 11 contests and still find
themselves outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. With 66 points,
Toronto is five points behind Montreal for the eighth and final postseason
berth in the East.
Toronto has not missed the playoffs since the 1997-98 season.
The Penguins, meanwhile, have an NHL-low 46 points and haven't really been in
the playoff race at all this season. However, they have won three of their
last four games and are coming off Saturday's 5-4 win in Montreal.
Andre Roy's third-period goal lifted Pittsburgh over the Canadiens. John
LeClair and Ryan Malone both tallied a goal and two assists while Ryan Whitney
picked up a goal and a helper for the Penguins.
Despite giving up four goals, Marc Andre-Fleury was sensational for
Pittsburgh, stopping 42-of-46 shots.
Toronto is 2-0 against the Pens this season and has won four of five and nine
of the last 12 meetings.
03/19 10:33:47 ET