Game 3: Maple Leafs v. Penguins Preview
The Penguins will have to be ready for an up-tempo game tonight as the upstart Maple Leafs come to town sporting a 2-0 record.
The Leafs have added a little bit of scoring punch to their lineup.
Their penalty kill is a perfect 7 for 7, after having finished dead last in last years campaign.
Lead by Phil Kessel, the Leafs are throwing a ton of shots at the net this year and are playing a fairly phyiscal game thus far.
Lines for Toronto should be as follows:
Versteeg – Bozak – Kessel
MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin
Sjostrom – Brent – Armstrong
Orr – Zigomanis – Brown
Phaneuf – Beauchemin
Kaberle – Schenn
Komisarek – Gunnarsson
The Penguins will see several familiar faces in the lineup tonight as Colby Armstrong, Mike Zigomanis, and Tim Brent all had recent stints with Pittsburgh.
On the prospect watch, we’ll talk Tyler Bozak. Bozak signed as a free agent at the end of the 08-09 season but spent the majority of last year with the Toronto Marlies.
Bozak is an extremely intelligent hockey player. His quick decision making and sound performances on a nightly basis highlight his great hockey IQ. He’s fast, has good hands, and his understanding of the game puts him in a position to be where the puck will be.
Here are my keys to the game:
The Toronto penalty kill is 7 for 7. The Penguins power-play hasn’t shown up yet. Movement will be key for tonight. If the Penguins can net a true power-play goal, the place will erupt and momentum will ensue.
2. Protect the Neutral Zone.
The Maple Leafs are creative and good in the transition game. The Penguins are going to have to be sound with the puck as they’re coming up ice. Turnovers at center will prove to be costly. Don’t give this team the opportunity for an odd man break.
3. Evgeni Malkin.
He has 34 points in 15 career games against the Maple Leafs.
Game time for tonight is 7:30, last years normal start time.