The Toronto Maple Leafs come to town tonight in an interesting situation. One of their players, Ian White (not even a leader or a core player!) dubbed their last game against struggling Atlanta a "must win".The team responded by losing in a shootout.
Toronto always has the presure of being in a hockey crazed market, the expectations of a huge fan base in a 40 year drought and media attention that could make the New York media give a big thumbs up to.
The last time they played the Penguins, the teams combined for a wild 6-4 Penguins road victory in a back and forth battle that saw many goals, lead changes, net crashings and general excitement. Since then the Penguins have buckled down on defense, giving up one goal in the past two games, while Toronto has still been getting beat up through their schedule.
Tonight's game should be wide open, the Penguins know what to expect from a team like the Maple Leafs and know how to stop them: limit Mats Sundin and stay out of the penalty box.
I'm looking for the Pens to get out of the gates early and never let up.
Penguins 4 (game winner by Staal)
Make Beliefs 2
(my season record: 2-0)