Maple Leafs Head To Pittsburgh To Battle The Penguins On TSN

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2008

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be back on the ice tonight, skating in their second pre season game, this time against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Game time is 7:30 live on TSN, available in HD.

The Maple Leafs head into the contest with a 1-0 record after Monday's victory.  The Penguins, meanwhile, are 1-1.

Sidney Crosby, originally thought to be playing tonight, was not at the morning skate and will not play tonight due to a sore groin.  It is said to be a precautionary move.

The NHL's Eastern Conference champions are soon heading over to Europe to kick of the regular season, so there roster has already been cut down to 20 men, meaning the Maple Leafs will see a lot of NHL talent, and will surely face a tough test tonight in Pittsburgh.

Here is the roster for the Penguins:

forwards Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Petr Sykors, Pascal Dupuis, Jeff Taffe, Max Talbot, Paul Bissonnette, Tyler Kennedy, and Connor James; defensemen Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, Hal Gill, Mark Eaton and Darryl Sydor; and goaltenders Dany Sabourin and John Curry.

As for the Maple Leafs they will also unveil what, for the most part, will be their opening night roster.  Here is the Maple Leafs lineup for tonight's game.

Antropov - Grabovski - Ponikarovsky
Tlusty - Steen - Blake
Hagman - J. Mitchell - Kulemin
Mayers - Stapleton - Newbury

Kaberle - Schenn
Frogren - Stralman
Van Ryn - Boumedienne


As you can see the Leafs are going with a lineup could look very similar to the one the Leafs use to open the season on October 9th in Detroit.

Take out Stapleton and Newbury, add Bell/Hollweg and Moore, and you basically have the forwards that will likely make this team.  Mitchell will also be a scratch for Stajan, but is playing well enough it's going to he hard to send him down.

As for the D, take out Boumedienne and add Finger, and likely (and unfortunately) Schenn is taken out for Colaiacovo, and that is likely your lineup.  You could also make the argument that White would join the group, while Frogren would be the scratch.

Tonight will be very important for Schenn and Frogren.  Schenn is trying to show he belongs in the NHL, while Frogren is trying to convince Ron Wilson that his shutdown, physical style is more valuable to the team than Ian White's quick, offensive style.

And obviously Toskala and Joseph will no doubt be the goaltenders, but it should be a lot of fun to see Pogge get the full sixty minutes tonight.