The Maple Leafs roll into Pittsburgh tonight with both teams playing the second half of a back to back with travel and coming off losses on Friday night. Toronto played at home, while Pittsburgh played in New Jersey, so both are on a relatively level playing field.
Here are five things to watch for:
1) Kaskisuo Debut
The first NHL start for Kasimir Kaskisuo will come this evening in Pittsburgh. The Leafs back-up spot seems to be his for a while, as Michael Hutchinson proved he couldn’t handle the load. After a few seasons with the Marlies, Kaskisuo is off to a great start, with a 6-1-1 record and a .928 SV%.
Considering the man he’s replacing, the bar is not particularly high at this juncture.
Kaskisuo makes his debut on Hockey Night in Canada against a tired Penguins team. Granted, the Leafs are playing on a back to back as well, but that should level the playing field a little bit. As for expectations, Kaskisuo has been known to let in stinkers. However, he can make key saves at critical times, something the Leafs have needed from their backup.
For Kaskisuo’s sake, let’s hope his teammates …
Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation