NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 27th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (19-14-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (8-19-7), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to snap a five-game losing
streak tonight when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to Mellon Arena.
The Penguins were last in action Friday night against the Philadelphia Flyers
and were handed a 5-4 loss. Peter Forsberg scored two goals, including the
equalizer late in the third period, and added an assist to lead the Flyers in
Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist and Erik Christensen tallied a goal
and a helper for Pittsburgh, which has dropped 11 of its last 12 games.
Tomas Surovy added a goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots for the
Tonight is the second test of a four-game homestand for the Penguins, who are
4-9-4 at the Igloo this season.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs have won two in a row, including a 2-1 home victory
over the Devils on Monday. Bryan McCabe netted the game-winning goal and Ed
Belfour outdueled Martin Brodeur to lead Toronto past New Jersey.
Mats Sundin also scored for Toronto, which has now won four of its last six
Belfour allowed just one goal on 34 shots to win his 450th career game.
Darcy Tucker picked up an assist on McCabe's goal and now has a four-game
Center Jason Allison will miss tonight's game after suffering a fractured
finger against the Devils.
The Maple Leafs have already been without right wing Alexander Steen (right
thumb) and centers Eric Lindros (wrist) and Nik Antropov (knee). All three
players are questionable for tonight's tilt.
This is the first meeting of the season between the Penguins and Maple Leafs.
Toronto has won seven straight and eight of the last 12 matchups.
The Leafs have also won five straight and six of eight in Pittsburgh.
12/27 10:20:01 ET