2019-20 NHL – Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Friday 21st February, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Scotiabank Arena, Toronto

What channel is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Pittsburgh Penguins 5 – 2 Toronto Maple Leafs

THE TEAM NEWS

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins scored a win over Toronto in their most recent outing and they seem to be on the rise with three straight wins and a 4-1 mark over their last five contests. Pittsburgh are a virtual certainty to reach the playoffs this season thanks to their 80-point tally so far, the third-best mark in the Eastern Conference.
  • Pittsburgh have defencemen Brian Dumoulin, John Marino, center Zach Aston-Reese and winger Jake Guentzel currently ruled out. Forwards Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad have both been listed as questionable.
  • Sidney Crosby notched four points against Toronto and extended his scoring streak to five games. He has also recorded multi-point games in three straight contests and is on a massive tear with seven goals and 23 points in his last 13 contests. He is up to 40 points (12 goals, 28 helpers) in only 30 games.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • The Maple Leafs remain a very inconsistent team but they are trending in the wrong direction with three losses in their last four games. They sit in ninth place of the East with 70 points and are just two points away from a playoff spot, though.
  • Toronto have six confirmed absentees ahead of this contest in defencemen Cody Ceci, Morgan Rielly, and wingers Andreas Johnsson, Nathan Horton, David Clarkson and Ilya Mikheyev. Their attack will be quite depleted as a result, and both Clarkson and Horton are out for the season.
  • Auston Matthews notched his 43rd goal of the season Tuesday against the Penguins, and he remains the team’s main attacking threat. He is up to 71 points (42 goals, 29 assists) in only 60 games, and he sits just two points away from matching his career-high in points for a single season.

THE PREDICTION

Pittsburgh defeated Toronto earlier this week and the H2H record clearly favours the Penguins since they are on a two-game winning streak against the Maple Leafs, while winning three of their last five contests. The Penguins have also been more consistent overall and have a stronger defensive unit since they have allowed just 154 goals in 58 games, the second-best mark in the entire Conference. If there’s one team that can slow down the Maple Leafs, that’s Pittsburgh, and they can do so again here.

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