The Leafs begin a three-game road trip tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins who currently sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division and third in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh has lost only three times at thome this season.
Tonight is the second of three meetings between these two teams. The Leafs took the first meeting 4-1 at Air Canada Centre on October 26th. Dave Bolland with two, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel scored. Toronto will be back in Pittsburgh on December 16th to close out the season series.
Below is the Game In Six Minutes from the first game.
Joffrey Lupul did not make the trip and following Wednesday’s morning skate, Randy Carlyle told the media that Lupul is expected to be out for two weeks with a groin strain.
With the loss of Lupul, Peter Holland will return to the lineup and play centre on a line with Jay McClement and Nikolai Kulemin. Here is how the other Leafs lines and defence pairings may look tonight.
Morgan Rielly returns to the arena where he was drafted by the Leafs in 2012 fifth overall.