Key Observations Heading Into Game 11 Between the Penguins and Maple Leafs

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By: Gemma Fagan (@gcfagan86)

While most people will be heading out to see how much candy they can score on their Trick or Treat expeditions, the Penguins will be looking to snag a treat of their own when they take on the Toronto Maple leafs at the Air Canada Center tonight.

The last time these two teams met it was the Pens who were able to skate away with the 2-1 victory and they will be hoping to repeat their efforts this time around.

Top Line combos

It’s no secret that Sidney Crosby can be hard to play with, it takes the right sort of winger combo to get the Captain firing on all cylinders. The Phil Kessel trade in the off season was meant to be the answer to all the Cole Harbour natives prayers but unfortunately for Sid things haven’t quite go according to plan.

While things have started to turn around for Crosby after he went pointless through the first five games of the season, he still needed a little extra boost so a reshuffling of lines was in order.

Crosby’s new line mates took shape in the form of Swedish winger Patric Hornqvist and French Canadian Pascal Dupuis, while his former right winger Kessel was moved to the team’s current top point scorer Evgeni Malkin’s line.
The reboot seems to have worked however with the top line registering two goals in the teams 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Stay Classy Toronto

If rumours are to be believed Phil Kessel wont be getting any love or respect from his former team when he makes his first appearance at the Air Canada center since his departure from the Maple Leafs in the summer.

While most would expect a little tip of the hat for one of the best goal scorers in the franchises history during the first tv timeout, the Toronto team has decided to take the low bitter road and organise nothing for Kessel. Personally I think it’s a little classless… and it’s time to wipe the boo boo off your face Toronto and deal with it.

The Pens have an impressive road game record against the Maple Leafs, they have managed to win 4 out of the last 5 games that they have contested at the Air Canada center and an even sweeter record is the 6 consecutive wins they’ve been able to notch up against the Toronto Team. So here’s to hoping Kessel can show them what they are missing and give the Leafs fans something to really complain about. #LetsGoPens