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

THE FACTS

When is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? Wednesday 19th February, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? PPG Paints Arena

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

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Toronto Maple Leafs 1 – 6 Pittsburgh Penguins

THE TEAM NEWS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • The Maple Leafs enter this game in a very inconsistent run as they have traded wins and losses during their last five matches to go 2-3 over that stretch. Toronto are fighting for their lives when it comes to a playoff berth and, right now, they sit in ninth place of the standings with 70 points out of 60 games.
  • Toronto will be without defencemen Cody Ceci and Morgan Rielly, left winger Andreas Johnsson, and right wingers Nathan Horton, David Clarkson and Ilya Mikheyev. Their attack will be quite depleted as a result.
  • Mitch Marner seems to be playing better of late, as in his last three games he has notched one goal and two assists. The play-making winger is up to 60 points, 123 shots and a plus-1 rating through 49 contests this year.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins are trending in the right direction over the last few weeks as they have extended their winning run to two games following Sunday’s big 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. They are 3-2 in their last five games and currently sit in fourth place of the East standings with 78 points out of 57 games.
  • Pittsburgh have four players deemed as questionable ahead of this in defenceman Brian Dumoulin and centers Zach Aston-Reese, Nick Bjugstad and Dominik Kahun. Defenceman John Marino and winger Jake Guentzel have been ruled out already.
  • Sidney Crosby notched two points against the Detroit Red Wings. Crosby has points in four straight games and 10 of 12 since returning to the lineup in mid-January and, as a result, he now has 11 goals and 36 points through 29 games for the season.

THE PREDICTION

The Penguins have been slightly more consistent overall this season but this game could be quite complicated for them, since they will be taking on a Toronto team that owns the joint-best attack of the Eastern Conference with 211 goals scored. Pittsburgh, however, have conceded just 152 goals – the third-best mark in the East – and they would also have the edge due to the fact they’ll be playing in front of their crowd. All things considered, Pittsburgh should be able to secure the win here.

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