Game 3 of the Randy Carlyle era in Toronto brings the Leafs to Pittsburgh for one of two games on Wednesday's NHL schedule -- and avoiding their second loss in as many nights under their new coach won't be easy for the Leafs.
Toronto put up a solid effort before losing 5-4 to Boston at home on Tuesday. But the Leafs will be playing a well-rested team -- Pittsburgh has been off since extending its winning streak to six games with a 5-1 win at Colorado on Saturday.
The NBC Sports Network will air the game in the United States, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. TSN will air the game throughout Canada, and viewers in some areas of Canada can tune in on RDS.
In the other game on the schedule, Buffalo is back home after a five-game trip to host Carolina at 7 p.m. ET. The Sabres had won three in a row before a 3-1 loss at Winnipeg on Monday. Carolina comes to First Niagara Center after a 4-3 OT win at Washington on Tuesday.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut