About the Maple Leafs - 12-27-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Maple Leafs.

When and where: 7 p.m., Mellon Arena.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, Leafs TV, RIS.

Record: 13-17-9, 35 points. The Maple Leafs are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and last place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Tomas Kaberle (right), 34 points (three goals, 31 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 overtime home loss to the Canadiens last night. Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 home loss, Oct. 10. Sidney Crosby scored two goals.

Maple Leafs Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Who else but Jason Blake? He has 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) in 47 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Maple Leafs: Wayne Primeau, C.

Ex-Maple Leafs on the Penguins: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager.

Useless Maple Leafs Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Former Maple Leafs great Red Kelly was the first coach to lead the Penguins to a playoff appearance in 1970. After coaching the Penguins in 276 regular season games over the parts of four seasons, Kelly return to Toronto as coach and led that franchise in 318 games over the course of four seasons.

Best Maple Leafs YouTube Video We Could Find: If only the Maple Leafs were as good as their commercials:


-Marc-Andre Fleury (22-9-1, 2.39 GAA, .911 SV%) is expected to start in net for the Penguins. The Maple Leafs have not announced if Jonas Gustavsson (7-6-7, 2.86 GAA, .905 SV%) or Vesa Toskala (5-7-2, 3.80 GAA, .869) will start.

-For the Penguins, Mark Eaton (undisclosed) is questionable.

-For the Maple Leafs, forward Viktor Stalberg ("upper body") is day to day. Defensemen Carl Gunnarsson (elbow), Mike Van Ryn (knee) and forward John Mitchell (knee) are on injured reserve.

-Eaton resumed practing for the first time since being injured in Buffalo last week.

-Jordan Staal is sporting a visor now (PG+)

-Forward Phil Kessel, Toronto's most prized offseason acquisition, has not scored in five consecutive games.

-Maple Leafs overlord Brian Burke isn't a fan of morning skates.

-The Penguins will wear their "dreaded" blue throwback uniforms tonight.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

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