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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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PHO 23
OKC 13
 
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PBY 80
CCAR 69
 
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DEL 58
 
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MSU 90
MINN 96
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SHU 90
 
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UNCG 81
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LIU 69
Terriers 74
 
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TENN 65
VANDY 73
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RMU 91
WAGN 59
 
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FUR 53
WCU 49
 
Final
IUPUI 71
WILL 66
 
Final
CAMP 65
WINT 50
 
Final
MERC 72
WOFF 76
 
Final
APP 58
GSOUT 77
 
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UNT 81
CHAR 65
 
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MURST 65
EILL 57
 
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MARS 87
FIU 69
 
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WKENT 71
FATL 68
 
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ILLCH 67
UWGB 72
 
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ORU 74
NDST 58
 
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NDAK 75
NARZ 85
 
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RICE 54
ODU 63
 
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MON 60
RIDE 63
 
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PEAY 64
SIUE 61
 
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LATU 77
UTEP 60
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SMISS 70
TXSA 66
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TENST 52
TENNM 69
 
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CHIST 74
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UMKC 69
WLVRN 50
 
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LAMON 75
 
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ARKST 81
TXARL 80
 
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ARKLR 92
UGST 83
 
Final
TXST 67
TROY 61
 
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COL 54
ARZ 82
 
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PURD 88
RUTG 82
 
Final
MEM 57
SMU 66
 
Final
NCOL 77
SUTAH 64
 
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MORE 86
TENT 73
 
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EWASH 92
MNTST 68
 
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PORT 43
BYU 44
 
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CSNO 41
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IDAHO 28
MONT 36
 
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SCU 32
PAC 36
 
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UCSB 46
UCD 40
 
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CPSL 39
UCI 52
 
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UTAH 28
ARST 9
 
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STAN 4
ORST 2
 
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GONZ 3
SDU 3
 
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USF 6
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BUF 6
VAN 3
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FLA 0
CHI 3
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TOR 3
PHI 2
Final
WIN 1
STL 2
Final
NAS 2
MIN 4
 
1st Intermission
SJS 1
DET 0
 
1st
LOS 0
OTT 0