Saturday, October 13, 2007

Game #4 - at Toronto Maple Leafs

Pittsburgh Penguins (1-2-0, 2 pts) at Toronto Maple Leafs (2-2-1, 5 pts)

Last season was unusual for the Pens in that they played really well against the Leafs. They were 3-0-1, kicking the stuffing out of them at the Mellon Arena and going to OT both times in Toronto. I'm expecting to see a close game tonight.

If Marc-Andre Fleury can't get his act together, however, it's going to be a blowout. Fleury hasn't been very sharp yet this season. He's had moments of brilliance, like his sprawling save in the second period of the Habs game, but he's also been inconsistent. He needs to be sharp.

The offense for the Pens has been slow to get going. Crosby only has two points, Staal hasn't scored and the power play is just 3-16.

Toronto has played in two straight blowouts - one on the wrong end against Carolina and the most recent game at home against the Isles.

Mats Sundin is hot right now, with 8 points (2+6) in his first five games. That might be the worst sign for the Pens - the last thing they need is Sundin lighting them up, and we all know he's good for that.

Jason Blake is still looking for his first goal of the season. He usually does pretty well against the Flightless Birds.

Leafs blog - check out the Battle of Ontario for a game day thread. No one in Toronto blog land really seems to do game previews...

Let's Go Pens!

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