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Wednesday, November 27th (All times Eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (15-9-1), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - While both Toronto and Pittsburgh are coming off Monday losses, the Penguins have to feel much better about their effort in at least earning a point.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have little to build off from their recent outing and look to rebound on Wednesday night against the Pens.

Toronto had won three of four on a homestand that wrapped on Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but left town on a sour note following a 6-0 setback. Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves for the Blue Jackets, while James Reimer allowed all six goals on 21 shots in defeat.

Reimer was replaced by Jonathan Bernier with just over eight minutes left to play and the Maple Leafs offense was held to a pair of goals or fewer for the eighth time in 10 games this month. They have been shut out twice in that span.

"We just couldn't find the pace of the game at all," said Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle. "It was like we were playing in boots and they were playing on skates."

Carlyle also saw oft-injured forward Joffrey Lupul exit early with what was later diagnosed as a Grade 2 groin strain. He has eight goals and seven assists in 22 games this season, but won't play tonight.

Reimer was making his second start in a row on Monday, but Bernier will likely get the call tonight in the first of three straight road contests. He has never faced the Penguins.

Pittsburgh returns home following back-to-back road losses, a 3-2 loss in Montreal on Saturday followed by Monday's 4-3 overtime setback in Boston.

It was a wild finish as Penguins captain Sidney Crosby accidentally deflected the puck into his own net with 5:15 left in the third period on a Zdeno Chara shot, but made up for his mistake by scoring a game-tying goal with just 0.3 seconds to go in regulation.

However, Boston's Torey Krug scored the game-winner just 34 seconds into overtime.

"It was good that we were able to tie it up, but it was a bad mistake on my part trying to get my stick on (Chara's shot)," said Crosby. "I shouldn't have been in that situation."

James Neal scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury had 20 saves for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins, who aim to rebound tonight and improve their 10-3-0 mark at home.

Pittsburgh does have injury concerns, losing forward Beau Bennett for the next 8-to-10 weeks following wrist surgery and forward Tanner Glass for the next 3- to-4 weeks due to a broken hand suffered in Montreal.

Defenseman Paul Martin is also out tonight due to a lower-body injury and the Penguins recalled forwards Jayson Megna and Chris Conner and defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday morning.

The Penguins failed to extend a two-game series winning streak over the Maple Leafs with a 4-1 setback in Toronto on Oct. 26. Fleury made 26 saves, but fell to 13-9-3 with a 3.15 goals against average in his career versus the Maple Leafs.

Reimer made 37 saves for Toronto, which has lost four of its past six in Pittsburgh.

11/27 10:49:22 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
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Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
8th
OAK 1
HOU 3
 
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PIT
MIL
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NYM
ATL
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TAM
NYY
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MIA
SEA
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TEX
CWS
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LOS
ARI
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COL
PHI
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SFG
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TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
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IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
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STL 4
CHI 3
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PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
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NOR
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