As some Leafs fans (and many more Leafs haters) may remember, the last time that Toronto faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins ended in the Maple Leafs getting thoroughly embarrassed in a way that they hadn’t since… well, seven games prior when they collapsed in the playoffs.
Regardless of the narrative around any NHL team however, a 7-1 loss is never acceptable, which is why tonight’s rematch is one that Toronto should have had circled on their calendars since the plight in PPG Paints Arena that occurred exactly four weeks ago. Since that loss, Toronto has won ten of twelve games, quickly becoming the NHL hottest team and will look to continue that momentum tonight with the idea of a revenge game serving as extra motivation against a team that beat them down so hard most of the fanbase was calling for trades and firings.
However, the Penguins arrival in Toronto is one that comes with reinforcements. Captain Sidney Crosby as well top six forwards Jeff Carter, Bryan Rust and first pairing defenceman Kris Letang have all returned to the Pittsburgh lineup in the time since these two teams last faced off against each other. Adding that much …
Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation