Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs take the lessons they hopefully learned from their win over the New Jersey Devils - don’t take your foot off the gas when you have a lead - and host the red-hot Calgary Flames, winners of five of their past six and only two points out of the Pacific Division lead.
The Leafs haven’t had as much luck as the Flames in January, they’re 3-2-0-1 and before beating the lowly Devils they were blown out of the water by the Florida Panthers. These two teams have already met once this season, a 4-2 loss in December, the first non-back to back loss under Sheldon Keefe.
It’s time to keep the positive energy flowing at home, and get a win streak going into the bye week.
Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00PM - Scotiabank Arena
Watch: NHL Live, Sportsnet West, TSN4
SBN Opponent: Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Maple Leafs are struggling on defense with both Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly out. Muzzin is inching closer to a return, but Rielly just got put on Injured Reserve. Rasmus Sandin is up and doing well in the line up, Timothy Liljegren is here to provide moral support as coach Keefe has said Liljegren most likely won’t play.
Toronto Maple Leafs lines (from Tuesday’s game)
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner
Alexander Kerfoot - John Tavares - William Nylander
Andreas Johnsson - Pierre Engvall - Kasperi Kapanen
Frederik Gauthier - Adam Brooks - Jason Spezza
Travis Dermott - Justin Holl
Martin Marincin - Tyson Barrie
Rasmus Sandin - Cody Ceci
TSN reports that Jake Muzzin won’t be playing until after the All-Star Game, so the collection of misfits and call-ups we saw on Tuesday will be all the defense we have. That’s going to make for an interesting game.
Calgary Flames lines
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Mikael Backlund
Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm - Andrew Mangiapane
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Dillon Dube
Zac Rinaldo - Tobias Rieder - Sam Bennett
Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie
Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson
Looks like #Flames C Mark Jankowski is back in lineup tonight against Maple Leafs. LW Zac Rinaldo appears to be odd-man-out.— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) January 16, 2020
The Flames have a lot of talent in their line up, but also a lot of players you won’t want to turn your back on. With Tkachuk, Lucic, and Rinaldo out there we’ll hear a lot about how the Maple Leafs miss Nazem Kadri and don’t have anyone to stand up to this rogues gallery.
Which, is true, I do miss Kadri in the regular season, but I like the team we have now, and if we can just out score the Flames...it is a goal scoring competition after all.
|23GF - 21GA - +2||Goal Differential||21GF - 23GA - -2|
|16% - 11th||Power Play||22.6% - 7th|
|77.4% - 10th||Penalty Kill||84% - 6th|
|Auston Matthews - 4||Most Goals||Colton, Palat - 3|
|Mitch Marner - 5||Most Assists||Nikita Kucherov - 6|
|Auston Matthews - 8||Most Points||Nikita Kucherov - 8|
|Ilya Lyubushkin - 18||Most PM||Jan Rutta - 17|
|TJ Brodie - 22:44||TOI Leader||Victor Hedman - 25:45|
|Jack Campbell - .893sv%||Starting Goalie||Andrei Vasilevskiy - .885sv%|
Game’s at 7. Go Leafs Go!