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Maple Leafs at Penguins preview

Kaskisuo to make NHL debut in goal for Toronto; Jarry could start for Pittsburgh

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (9-8-4) at PENGUINS (10-7-2)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN360, SNO, SNW, SNP, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo will make his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they look to end a season-long four-game winless streak, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, will play after Frederik Andersen made 30 saves in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday. Kaskisuo was 6-1-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in eight AHL games this season.

The Maple Leafs are 0-3-1 in their past four games after winning their previous three. 

The Penguins are winless in two straight games (0-1-1) after going 4-1-1 in their previous six. They lost 2-1 at the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Goalie Tristan Jarry could make his fourth start this season after Matt Murray made 19 saves against the Devils. Jarry is 1-3-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .929 save percentage in five games (three starts).

 

Players to watch

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in a six-game point streak.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has one assist in the past two games with center Sidney Crosby injured (core muscle surgery). He has averaged 1.32 points per game in 122 games with Crosby out of the lineup.

 

They said it

"It's a matter of pulling together and digging in. We've got to find a way to just make ourselves a step better and get ourselves a win so we can get back on track." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

"We're cutting down on the quality and the quantity of scoring chances against significantly, and we're generating a fair amount. So all we can do ... is control the process." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Kasperi Kapanen

Ilya Mikheyev -- Jason Spezza -- Dmytro Timashov

Nic Petan -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Travis Dermott -- Justin Holl

Kasimir Kaskisuo

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Martin Marincin

Injured: Alexander Kerfoot (dental fractures), Mitchell Marner (ankle), Trevor Moore (shoulder)

 

Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Dominik Simon

Alex Galchenyuk -- Teddy Blueger -- Sam Lafferty

Zach Aston-Reese -- Joseph Blandisi -- Brandon Tanev

Brian Dumoulin -- John Marino

Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz

Jack Johnson -- Juuso Riikola

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Kris Letang (lower body), Patric Hornqvist (lower body)

 

Status report

Moore did not travel with the Maple Leafs after sustaining a shoulder injury in the first period Friday. ... Blandisi was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Saturday. He could enter the lineup with Bjugstad unlikely to play after being injured Friday.

 

Stat pack

Tavares is two assists from 400 in the NHL. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak. … McCann needs one point to reach 100 in the NHL. He has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games.

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