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Insider Only Penguins @ Maple Leafs Notebook: Letang in the lineup

Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1-0) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (0-2-1)
Where: Air Canada Center, 7:08 p.m.
Analysis: The Toronto Maple Leafs come into tonight’s game looking for their first win of the season. The Leafs continue to struggle on the penalty kill and rank 28th in the league with a 62.5% on the PK. The Leafs took three of four meetings from Pittsburgh last year, including both games at home. Vesa Toskala will start in goal for the Leafs as Jonas Gustavsson (groin) will be sidelined for 1-3 weeks.
Pittsburgh has jumped out to a 3-1-0 start to the season and is coming off a divisional victory (5-4) in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Penguins – Leafs morning skate news and notes

*Kris Letang participated in the Penguins morning skate and will play tonight against the Leafs. Dan Bylsma has not confirmed his lineup tonight but a source on the scene spoke to Chris Bourque after the skate and tells me that Bourque will be a game time decision. Bourque took shifts on the 4th line but if he plays tonight, it won’t be for Eric Godard or Mike Rupp.
Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin
Fedotenko – Malkin – Dupuis
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Rupp – Adams – Godard
Bourque – Game time decision
Orpik – Gonchar
Eaton – Letang
McKee – Goligoski
Flery to start in goal
Staal to see time with Malkin
Jordan Staal will continue to see time with Evgeni Malkin tonight, confirmed by Dan Bylsma at today’s skate.
Hartnell won’t be fined or suspended
The Pittsburgh Penguins were pushing for a two game suspension for Flyers winger Scott Hartnell but Hartnell won’t receive a fine or a suspension. The NHL’s reasoning is that there was no conclusive evidence on video or from the refs that Hartnell bit Letang.
Leafs Lineup
Stempniak – Stajan – Hagman
Ponikarovsky – Grabovski – Kulemin
Blake – Mitchell – Mayers
Rosehill – Wallin – Orr
Kaberle – Komisarek
Beauchemin – Schenn
White – Exelby
1. Vesa Toskala will start in goal
2. Joey McDonald
Key injuries: LW Viktor Stalberg, RW Phil Kessel, G Jonas Gustavsson

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