PENGUINS (3-1-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (0-2-1)
Season Series: This is the first of four meetings between
Big Story: It's Hockey Night in
Penguins: Embarrassed might be a harsh word and probably doesn't do justice to the Coyotes, but the Penguins felt that way after their 3-0 loss at Mellon Arena on Wednesday and they did something about it Thursday with a back-and-forth victory over the Flyers. Sidney Crosby, who won only five of his 17 faceoffs against
Maple Leafs: They've stumbled out of the gate and now rookie goalie Jonas Gustavsson has a groin injury that will keep him on the shelf for at least a week. Gustavsson allowed two goals on 26 shots in a 2-1 loss to
Who's Hot: Malkin had his first multi-point game of the season Thursday with a goal and an assist. Meanwhile, defenseman Alex Goligoski had his second multi-point game of the season in
Injury Report: The Penguins have no new injuries to report. Maxime Talbot, Ben Lovejoy and Mark Letestu remain on injured reserve. … Gustavsson is out with a groin injury and Joey MacDonald has been called up from the Marlies to replace him. Rookie Viktor Stalberg left Tuesday's game after having his bell rung by Anton Volchenkov and is day-to-day. Phil Kessel (shoulder) and Mike Van Ryn (knee) are on injured reserve.
Stat Pack: The Penguins are 2-0 with eight goals on the road but just 1-1 with three goals at home. Through Thursday, Matt Cooke led the NHL with 16 hits while Mark Eaton led with 15 blocked shots and
Puck Drop: "Vesa's our No.1 goalie anyway and he'll play until further notice," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said Thursday in regards to Toskala. "I was probably going to split Vesa and Jonas for the next three games, but more than likely see Vesa play all three games. He's capable of doing it. He feels great and this is an opportunity for him to really take charge right now without looking over his shoulder or anything like that."
-- Dan Rosen, NHL.com