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About the Maple Leafs - 03-09-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Maple Leafs.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Air Canada Centre.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NHL Network (rest of the United States), CBC.

Record: 15-10-0, 30 points. The Maple Leafs are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Nazem Kadri, 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 road loss to the Bruins, Thusday. Carl Gunnarsson had two assists for the Maple Leafs.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 road win, Jan. 23. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

Maple Leafs Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Clarke MacArthur (above). He has scored in seven consecutive games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Maple Leafs : Randy Carlyle, head coach.

Ex-Maple Leafs on the Penguins: None.

Useless Maple Leafs Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Phil Kessel has led the Maple Leafs in scoring the previous three seasons. The only other American to lead the Maple Leafs in consecutive seasons was former Penguins left winger and coach Ed Olczyk who did it in 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Best Maple Leafs Video We Could Find: Maple Leafs right winger Garry Valk scoring a series-clinching overtime goal against the Penguins in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (11-5-0, 2.64 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Penguins. James Reimer (9-3-0, 2.57 GAA, .921 SV%) for the Maple Leafs.

Injuries: For the Penguins, they are reporting no injuries. For the Maple Leafs, left winger Joffrey Lupul (forearm) is on injured reserve.

-Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines during practice today were: (PG+)

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 27 Craig Adams

2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
47 Simon Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Maple Leafs lines are expected to be a game-time decision. Based on their lines against the Bruins Thursday, consider this an educated guess:

21 James van Riemsdyk - 42 Tyler Bozak - 81 Phil Kessel
11 Jay McClement - 84 Mikhail Grabovski - 41 Nikolai Kulemin
16 Clarke MacArthur - 43 Nazem Kadri - 39 Matt Frattin
28 Colton Orr - 47 Leo Komarov - 38 Frazer McLaren

3 Dion Phaneuf - 55 Korbinian Holzer
36 Carl Gunnarsson - 53 Michael Kostka
45 Mark Fraser - 4 Cody Franson

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Maple Leafs, this happened:

-This too:

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun had 49 career shutouts.

-Frattin is returning to the lineup after missing 12 games due to a knee injuy.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:55 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Abelimages/Getty Images)

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