Toronto Maple Leafs (17-16-5, 39 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (15-15-6, 36 pts)
This is a big one for the Pens. They badly need to get two points. They also need to win the game in regulation - Toronto is one of the teams they'll be trying to pass as we head down the stretch.
The Leafs just broke their own three game losing streak, though they did lose Michael Peca for up to four months with a broken leg.
It's no secret how to beat the Leafs lately - keep them under two goals on the power play. Since before Thanksgiving, every game they score two or more PP goals, they win. Every game they score less than two, they lose. Unfortunately for the Pens, their PK has been wildly inconsistent, even though they've only allowed one REAL power play goal in the last two games (Holik's EN goal the other night was technically a power play goal, but I don't really count that).
Keep the special teams in order and the Pens should win the game. I think it's just that simple.
Leafs Blog - check out Battle Of Ontario, a blog about the Leafs and Sens. They're predicting a 5-4 win for the Leafs tonight.
I'm looking for a big win at home tonight. Crosby scores and the Pens win.
Let's Go Pens!