Game Night: Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames

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Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2-0) at Calgary Flames (2-0-1)

Today, 2 p.m., TV: Sportsnet West Radio: Sportsnet 960

Tuesday, 7 p.m., TV: Sportsnet One, Radio: Sportsnet 960

Season Series

Calgary 2-0-0 6 GF

Toronto 1-1-0 3 GF

Previous scores

Dec. 12, 2019: Calgary 4, Toronto 2

Jan. 16, 2020: Calgary 2, Toronto 1 (SO)

Team scoring leads vs. Opponent

FLAMES vs. LEAFS

Johnny Gaudreau 2-0-4 +2

Sean Monahan 2-0-2 +3

Derek Ryan 1-0-1 +/- 0

LEAFS vs. FLAMES

John Tavares 1-2-3 -1

Mitch Marner 1-1-2 -2

William Nylander 1-0-1 -1

FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME

  1. BRODIE’S RETURN

After 10 seasons in Calgary, TJ Brodie signed with the Leafs in the off-season. While he’s a quieter guy who tends to shy away from the media spotlight a little bit, there’s no question that his return to the Scotiabank Saddledome is a big story.

  1. START OF SOMETHING

On paper, you can argue that the Flames and Leafs have the deepest teams in the North Division. There are questions about how each group responds to the pressure of the playoffs, but there is a tonne of talent on both sides. There’s no real rivalry, but this could be the start of a fun season-long fight.

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  1. POWER UP

Both the Flames and Leafs can score on the powerplay. The Leafs have converted on 44.4% of their powerplay opportunities so far this season, the second-best rate in the league. The Flames’ 37.5% rate is sixth-best. It’s worth noting, though, that the Flames have been getting the man-advantage far more often and have scored six goals in half as many games as the Leafs, who have scored eight.

  1. THE MARKSTROM EFFECT

The Flames’ big free-agent signing this year was Jacob Markstrom, and he’s been pretty spectacular so far. His former team, the Vancouver Canucks, are definitely missing him as they sit last in the league in goals-against. The Leafs are going to need to get bodies in front of the net because the Flames aren’t easy to score against.

  1. IN OR OUT?

Auston Matthews missed Friday’s game against the Oilers. The Leafs didn’t seem to need him, but they could definitely use him against the Flames. He’s not expected to be out long, so hopefully, the Leafs won’t be without their star in a game against a team that could be pushing them in the standings all year.

LINES

TORONTO

Zach Hyman-John Tavares-Mitch Marner

William Nylander-Alex Kerfoot-Jimmy Vesey

Ilya Mikheyev-Pierre Engvall-Wayne Simmonds

Alex Barabanov-Adam Brooks-Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly-TJ Brodie

Jake Muzzin-Justin Holl

Travis Dermott-Zach Bogosian

Frederik Andersen

Jack Campbell

CALGARY

Andrew Mangiapane – Elias Lindholm – Matthew Tkachuk

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Dominik Simon

Sam Bennett – Mikael Backlund – Josh Leivo

Milan Lucic – Derek Ryan – Joakim Nordstrom

Mark Giordano – Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin – Chris Tanev

Juuso Valimaki – Nikita Nesterov

Jacob Markstrom

David Rittich

SPECIAL TEAMS

Leafs: PP 44.4% (2nd) 81.8% (15th)

Flames: PP 37.5% (5th) PK 91.7% (4th)

Injuries:

Leafs: C Auston Matthews (upper body), F Joe Thornton (rib), LW Nick Robertson (knee).

Flames: RW Dillon Dube (lower body)

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