Pittsburgh Penguins (9-3-2)
For the first time in a while, the HBK line for the Pittsburgh Penguins could have a reunion this evening when Nick Bonino will likely be inserted back into the lineup.
In addition, Sidney Crosby will be facing off against another new star in the league just days after playing against the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid. Auston Matthews, the league’s first pick in the 2016 Draft hasn’t had a goal since October 25, but he’s still looked dangerous, and Pittsburgh’s defense will have to key in on the rookie.
Toronto Maple Leafs (6-5-3)
While Matthews hasn’t scored in a few weeks, he does have 10 points (6 G, 4 A) in just his first six games as a pro. In their last game, the Maple Leafs were able to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-3.
This game is just another in a string of success with Toronto winning four of its last five games, but the Maple Leafs have struggled on the road this year with a 1-3-3 record. With Pittsburgh losing its last game, it’ll be pivotal that Toronto scores early to get the Penguins off their game.
The Penguins have played well against younger teams and tonight will be no different. Pittsburgh will end up winning this game in a close 3-2 match at PPG Paints Arena.
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Saturday, October 12 @ 7:00 p.m. EST
Watch: NHLN-US, CBC, CITY, ROOT, NHL.TV
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