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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 10/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (2-1-0-2, 6 pts.) at TORONTO (6-1-0-0, 12 pts.)
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Thursday, 10/18/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
1PITTSBURGH+110Ov 6.5,-115+125Ov 6.5,-130
2TORONTO-130Un 6.5,-105-145Un 6.5,+110
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-0-4.72-3-4.72-23.428.24.033.6
Team Stats (Road Games)0-1-0-1.60-1-1.61-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-4.72-3-4.72-23.428.24.033.6
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)5176821014112.1%13323.1%31
Team Stats (Road Games)13210002810.7%2150.0%6
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5176821014112.1%13323.1%31
Stats Against (All Games) 208642116811.9%1317.7%29
Stats Against (Road Games) 4030114010.0%6116.7%6
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 208642116811.9%1317.7%29
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CASEY DESMITH (All Games)331039592.2%01-2-3.11-2-0-31-2
CASEY DESMITH (Road Games)11403792.5%00-1-1.60-1-0-21-0
CASEY DESMITH (Last 4 Games)331039592.2%01-2-3.11-2-0-31-2
TRISTAN JARRY (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MATT MURRAY (All Games)22655483.1%01-1-1.61-1-0-21-0
MATT MURRAY (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)22655483.1%01-1-1.61-1-0-21-0

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-1-0+3.16-1+3.14-34.730.73.330.7
Team Stats (Home Games)2-1-0-0.92-1-0.91-23.329.32.731.3
Last 5 Games5-0-0+55-0+53-25.430.43.231.0
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)73381492221515.3%19947.4%60
Team Stats (Home Games)310351108811.4%7342.9%19
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)52771091215217.8%14750.0%48
Stats Against (All Games) 237880121510.7%19315.8%44
Stats Against (Home Games) 824201948.5%9111.1%14
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 165560015510.3%13215.4%32
TORONTO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (All Games)5514913489.9%04-1+1.14-1-0+13-2
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (Home Games)22595389.8%01-1-1.91-1-0-21-1
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (Last 4 Games)4411310088.5%03-1+0.13-1-003-1
GARRET SPARKS (All Games)22655889.2%02-0+22-0-0+21-1
GARRET SPARKS (Home Games)11343397.1%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
GARRET SPARKS (Last 4 Games)22655889.2%02-0+22-0-0+21-1
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.5,  TORONTO 2.85
10/4/2018WASHINGTON7-6W0, -165W6 ovO
10/6/2018MONTREAL1-5L0, -260L6 ovP
10/11/2018VEGAS4-2W0, -200W6.5 ovU
10/13/2018at MONTREAL3-4L0, -165L6.5 unO
10/16/2018VANCOUVER2-3L0, -245L6.5 unU
10/18/2018at TORONTO 
10/23/2018at EDMONTON 
10/25/2018at CALGARY 
10/27/2018at VANCOUVER 

TORONTO - Schedule
10/3/2018MONTREAL3-2W0, -250W6 ovU
10/6/2018OTTAWA3-5L0, -290L6 ovO
10/7/2018at CHICAGO7-6W0, -145W6.5 evO
10/9/2018at DALLAS7-4W0, +100W6.5 unO
10/11/2018at DETROIT5-3W0, -170W6.5 unO
10/13/2018at WASHINGTON4-2W0, -105W6.5 ovU
10/15/2018LOS ANGELES4-1W0, -175W6 ovU
10/20/2018ST LOUIS 
10/24/2018at WINNIPEG 
PITTSBURGH: LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division.
LOST to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Matt Murray. The 24-year-old endured an up and down first season as the franchise's full-time starter. His goals against average (2.92) and save percentage (.907) all took significant dips off his previous two seasons. Having spotty play in front of him didn't help. If Murray can return to the steady form that helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, Pittsburgh will be a tough out in the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Pittsburgh's bid to become the first team in more than 30 years to "threepeat" ended with a loss to Washington. They opted to tinker than totally retool in the offseason, splurging on Johnson and bringing back the 42-year-old Cullen to provide depth down the middle. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around, the Penguins will always be in the mix. But with the core of Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang all in their early 30s, staying fresh for eight months will be a challenge.
TORONTO: LAST SEASON: 49-26-7, 105 points. Finished third in Atlantic Division.
LOST to Boston Bruins in first round of playoffs.
COACH: Mike Babcock (Fourth season, 16th NHL season)
ADDED: C John Tavares, F Tyler Ennis
LOST: LW James van Riemsdyk, C Tyler Bozak, F Leo Komarov, F Matt Martin, D Roman Polak
PLAYER TO WATCH: Tavares. Even on a team with Auston Matthews, all eyes are on Tavares after the Toronto native signed a $77 million, seven-year contract to play for his hometown Leafs. He's a point-a-game playmaker, and with Matthews and Nazem Kadri following Tavares down the middle of the lineup, Toronto has arguably the best center depth in the league.
OUTLOOK: The Maple Leafs are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender for the first time in the salary-cap era that began in 2005. The goaltending of Frederik Andersen has to be on point, and the suspect defense has to perform, but Toronto should make the playoffs easily and could become the first Canadian-based team in the final since Vancouver in 2011.
Crosby looks for first goal when Penguins meet Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- If Sidney Crosby is not at the top of anyone's list of the best players in the game, he is only a notch or two below it.

When the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, however, Crosby will still be looking for his first goal of the season.

Meanwhile, Toronto's rising star and quickly becoming one of hockey's elite players, Auston Matthews, has been scoring at will this season.

The center has 10 goals already, despite not scoring Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, after notching at least one goal in each of Toronto's first six games.

Matthews did have two assists, which gives him at least two points in each of his first seven games, the fifth player in NHL history to do so to open a season.

"He's a real player, he's just growing, he's just a kid and he's going to get better," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "He's dangerous when he's on the ice and that line is a good line right now. We're fortunate that we appear to have quite a bit of depth, we're still kind of evolving, trying to figure out how we're going to play everybody, but I think we're going in the right direction."

Crosby was held off the score sheet Tuesday in the 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks and has four assists in the Penguins' first five games.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan believes that Crosby's scoring problems are part of a general problem affecting the team.

"Just like our team, I think one of the things we're trying to encourage Sid to do is shoot the puck a little bit more, simplify his game," Sullivan told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I just think he's too good of a player not to break out of this. We just have to stick with it. Just keep working through it and not get discouraged."

Crosby has taken seven shots on goal in the past four games.

"I think for the most part, as far as scoring chances go, we've had enough to win games," Crosby said. "(Tuesday's loss was) another example. I felt like we generated some good ones, but we're going to play some games that are tight, and you've got to capitalize on the ones you get."

Sullivan said, "He had some Grade-A chances. He had a couple of real high-quality chances. He seemed to have a few in the last couple of games. The puck just won't seem to go in the net for him right now. He's too good of a player to keep off the score sheet."

With Toronto's William Nylander not playing because of a stalled contract negotiation, Kasperi Kapanen is taking advantage of his chance to play with Matthews, who has six assists. Kapanen scored twice Monday and has four goals this season.

"It's not just Auston, obviously he's had a tremendous start to the season, but it's also Patty (Marleau)," Kapanen said. "Playing with those two, it's amazing, it feels easy and it's just clicking right now. I'm just enjoying it and trying to get better day by day. I know we have a couple of notches still left."

The Penguins could have their No. 1 goaltender, Matt Murray, starting Thursday. Murray missed one game after being diagnosed with a concussion. He has been out since Oct. 8. He was backup to Casey DeSmith for two games, including Tuesday.

Murray allowed 11 goals in his first two games and Sullivan thought the goaltender would benefit from watching a couple of games from the bench before making his first start since the concussion.

The Maple Leafs will likely be without their No. 1 goalie, Frederik Andersen, because of a sore knee, which developed during the 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals Saturday.

"I felt it, but it didn't flare up too much," Andersen said. "And then (Sunday), it was swelling just a little bit more. So that's where we are. Nothing too serious but preventing me to be in some positions."

Garret Sparks took his place Monday and stopped 33 of 34 shots. He could get the start again Thursday if Andersen is not ready.

Last Updated: 4/26/2019 7:40:11 AM EST

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