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Gamethread to discuss the game tonight between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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All eyes are on Phil Kessel tonight as he faces his former team for the first time as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. This tidbit just might be pointed out a time or two over the course of the evening.

The Pens are fresh off a 2-0 win on Thursday, and surprisingly will change their lineup. Out is Adam Clendening back in is Rob Scuderi. Ouch.

Even worse, coach Mike Johnston's quote after practice today to elaborate on his decision (emphasis added:

"With Rob, we know what we get with Rob. He’s a great penalty killer. He’s a real stable veteran influence on our group. I thought Adam Clendening had a good camp with us. As a result of that, he’s earned a game, because of the camp he had, to play. We wanted to get him in. I didn’t want him sitting too long, so that was the decision we made that day. We’ll continue to make a daily decision with what we’re doing with our defensemen. I like the progress. I thought Olli Maatta took a step last game. It’s going to take him some time just getting back from the injuries the last two years. I thought [Brian Dumoulin] just keeps taking small steps every night. It’s good to see with our young defensemen. They’re starting to progress, the guys on the ice and we have some guys in the background that are going to start to push for jobs."

Johnston knows what he's going to get, so he deserves it. Good luck with that, coach. Very unusual to change a lineup after a shutout win that was the team's best defensive game of the season so we'll see how that one works out.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are 1-2-1 on the season, earning their first win last night. They've given up 15 goals in 4 games, so maybe the Pens can get their offense on track