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Saturday, October 26th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-3-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to halt their first losing streak of the 2013-14 season when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in Saturday's battle at Air Canada Centre.

Pittsburgh has lost two straight in regulation on the heels of a four-game winning streak, dropping the club to 7-3-0 this season.

Although the Penguins were swept in four straight games by Boston in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals, the club never lost three in a row during last year's lockout-shortened regular season. In fact, the last time Pittsburgh dropped three in a row in the regular season was during a six-game slide from Dec. 29, 2011 to Jan. 11, 2012.

Pittsburgh hopes to avoid a third straight loss tonight when it faces a team it has some success against in recent years. The Penguins have won two straight, three of four and four of the last six meetings against the Leafs. Pittsburgh also has claimed two in a row and five of the past eight encounters at Air Canada Centre.

The Pens went 1-2-0 on a recent three-game homestand, beating Vancouver before dropping consecutive tilts against Colorado and the New York Islanders. After losing a 1-0 decision to the Avalanche on Monday, Pittsburgh was dealt another one-goal regulation loss in Friday's game against the Islanders. Josh Bailey scored with 1:40 remaining in the third period to lift New York to a 4-3 win at CONSOL Energy Center.

Jeff Zatkoff, making his second NHL start, allowed four goals on 25 shots for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury will get the call in net on Saturday.

"I felt way better," Zatkoff said of his second start. "I felt confident the whole game. Just ten minutes got away from us, it's frustrating. A game we probably should have had. Credit them, they played hard and got the win."

Sidney Crosby scored his eighth goal of the season in the loss and is leading the NHL with 18 points. Jussi Jokinen and Deryk Engelland also added goals in Friday's setback.

Crosby has recorded 40 points (19G, 21A) in 25 career games against the Maple Leafs.

Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang made his season debut after missing the first nine games with a lower-body injury. He notched three shots on net while logging over 25 minutes of ice time.

The Pens are playing the first of two straight on the road tonight and will visit Carolina on Monday. Pittsburgh is 2-1-0 as the guest this season.

Toronto, meanwhile, lost 5-2 in Columbus on Friday, giving the Maple Leafs three losses in their last four trips to the ice. Marian Gaborik netted the go-ahead score during a four-goal third period for the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Phil Kessel and Dave Bolland tallied for the Maple Leafs, while Jonathan Bernier allowed four scores on 35 shots. Bernier has started the last three games for Toronto, but James Reimer could get the start on Saturday.

Reimer hasn't played since Oct. 17 against Carolina, when he left just 32 seconds into the game following a collision with teammate Josh Leivo. Despite being shaken up by the hit, Reimer was able suit up as Bernier's backup in each of Toronto's last three games.

Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul is questionable for Saturday's game after sitting out last night's outing due to a bruised foot suffered in practice earlier this week. Lupul is tied with Kessel for the team lead in goals with six and is second on the club with 10 points.

On Friday, David Clarkson made his long-awaited season debut for Toronto after missing the club's first 10 games while serving a suspension for leaving the bench in an exhibition game against the Sabres. He was a minus-1 with four shots on net in 15:10 of ice time.

"We're not asking him to do anything other than to play a solid game," said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. "Working hard, banging and crashing the boards, that's his game and we'll expect that 10 games from now."

Toronto has a 4-2-0 record as the home team this season and after Saturday's contest, the Maple Leafs will head out on a three-game road trip. The tour of Western Canada begins Tuesday in Edmonton before Toronto makes stops in Calgary and Vancouver.

10/26 10:31:48 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
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
8th
ANA 6
OAK 9
 
7th
SDP 2
COL 3
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 2
 
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
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MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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ANA
OAK
 
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COL
 
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SFG
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Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
4th
LAC 101
DEN 88
 
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CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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MIN
UTA
 
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BOS
WAS
 
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DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
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SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
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PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR