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Game Preview: Pens-Leafs

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs in their penultimate contest of the season. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Leafs

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: Air Canada Centre

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens play the Maple Leafs in the penultimate contest of the 2016-17 season for both clubs … Pittsburgh has already clinched the No. 2 seed in the Metro Division and will have home-ice advantage against Columbus in the Stanley Cup playoffs First Round … The Pens have amassed 50 wins and 111 points in the standings. That's the 2nd-most points in franchise history …  Sidney Crosby (43) and Auston Matthews (39-t) rank No. 1 and 2 respectively in the NHL goal-scoring race … Jake Guentzel has a career-long 4 games goal/scoring streak (4G-2A) … The 4th line of Carter Rowney, Scott Wilson and Josh Archibald have recorded a goal in 3 straight games … 16 different Pens recorded at least 1 point in Pittsburgh's 7-4 win in New Jersey on Thursday … Defenseman Trevor Daley returned from a knee injury … Pittsburgh injuries: Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Olli Maatta (hand), Evgeni Malkin (shoulder), Tom Sestito (upper-body) … Toronto currently holds the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. It needs 2 points to clinch a berth … The rookie Matthews leads the team in scoring with 67 points. He also recorded the most goals by a rookie in Toronto history at 39 … Nazem Kadri is 2nd on the team with 32 goals … William Nylander was named NHL Rookie of the Month (March) after registering 14 points (4G-10A) in 14 games, including a 12-game scoring streak … Toronto injuries: Eric Fehr, Nikita Soshnikov.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The only expected player missing from the Pens' morning skate was defenseman Chad Ruhwedel and Matt Murray.

*Injured players Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) and Olli Maatta (hand) took part in the skate. Neither will play tonight.

*The Pens used the following workflow…

Guentzel-Crosby-Sheary

Kuhnhackl-Cullen-Kessel

Rust/Simon-Bonino-Archibald

Wilson-Rowney-Hornqvist/Sestito

Cole-Daley

Hainsey-Schultz

Dumoulin-Maatta

Streit-Gaunce

*Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal

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