Before I start this gameday, I just want to shoutout the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Thank you for our Lord and Savior, Phillip J. Kessel. Since the trade was made, all the way back on July 1st, 2015, when Bob McKenzie tweeted those magical words, "Kessel to Pitt in multi player deal. Done", the Penguins have won back-to-back Stanley Cups and Phil Kessel has filled the Stanley Cup with hotdogs and tears of most Maple Leafs fans, and for that I must say, thank you Toronto.
Tonight the Kessel-less Toronto Maple Leafs (18-10-1) come to town to take on Phil Kessel and the Pittsburgh Penguins (16-11-3) . Puck drop scheduled for just after 7PM at PPG Paints Arena. Make no mistake, the Leafs are good this year, led by forward Auston Matthews, who has 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 25 games played. If you were wondering who leads the Penguins in points this season, look no further than number 81, Phil Kessel. In 30 games this season, Phil has tallied 14 goals and 21 assists for a total of 35 points. What a player.
The Maple Leafs are coming off a 2-1 shootout victory against the Calgary Jagr's on Tuesday night, while the Penguins are coming off a 4-3 overtime victory against the Islanders, thanks in part to defenseman Matt Hunwick's first career overtime winner. In fairness to the Penguins, the game on Thursday shouldn't have gone to overtime, but we'll just blame ice-tilt and the producer of the popular EA Sports video game NHL, Sean Ramjagsingh.
**Dominik Simon was recalled yesterday and will likely play in place of forward Tom Kuhnhackl**
*Stripes have not been updated yet, and we don't expect them to be updated by game-time, so Yolo*
Expect Tristan Jarry vs Frederick Andersen in net tonight.
Andersen is 16-8-1 on the season and Jarry is 5-1-2.
Andersen does look like Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and that's not good.
Forward Dominik Simon was recalled from Wilkes-Barre after Tom Kuhnhackl went down with an injury on Thursday night.
Simon led WBS in points before being called up (3 goals, 13 assists), so that's good.
Phil Kessel has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Leafs are paying him to do so.
Ron Hainsey returns tonight. He came over here last season and won a Stanley Cup. You know who else won a Stanley Cup last season? Phil Kessel.
Remember when Nick Spaling was a Penguin? hahaha good times.
Kasperi Kapanen isn't good either.
The Penguins have won 5 of their last 6, so watch out.
Steve Simmons sucks. Here's an article which tells you why he sucks. (click here).
I forgot the Leafs had Patrick Marleau. Yeah, he'll play tonight too.
Wild forward Matt Cullen has been a healthy scratch the last two games for Minnesota. Everyone wants him to come home. No.
Phil Kessel is a 2x Stanley Cup champion.
(courtesy of SportsNet)
(courtesy of Always Hockey)
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