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On Wednesday, the Flames had a shooting percentage of 26% (57% in the final two periods). May the hockey gods be in their favour again tonight. Maybe Johnny Hockey can set some new records or something.

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It is the second and last game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames this season. The first one didn't go so well for the Flames, who fell 4-1, with Jonathan Bernier making 32 saves for the win. Markus Granlund was the lone Flames goal scorer. That was game number two of the eight game losing streak of December.

Last game was pretty special for the Flames, who roasted the Ducks (I'll let myself out) 6-3, and scored four goals on seven shots in the final 40 minutes. Man, that was fun. Our favourite new daddy, Matt Stajan, potted two goals. Rookie papa, Jiri Hudler scored one to tie his career high 57 points. And Johnny Gaudreau showed all the haters just how small he is, scoring two goals to give him 50 points on the season. He's the first Flames rookie to reach 50 points since some guy named Jarome Iginla (we miss you). | Recap | Fancy Stats | Boxscore | Highlights:

Toronto played a tough game against a tough opponent, the Buffalo Sabres, on Wednesday. Luckily, they won in a shootout. Against the elite goalies the Sabres are carrying these days, that's got to be difficult. But Tyler Bozak scored on the first shot and Bernier stopped all Sabres attempts to pull it off. Toronto was in playoff position early in the season, but has seen a major decline since before the new year, and is now starting a rebuild of their own, if they could have just gotten rid of Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel on March 2nd.

For more on the enemy, head over to Pension Plan Puppets.

Game Time: 6:00 PM MST

Channel: SNW, TSN4

All-Time Record: Including the Atlanta days, the Flames are 59-57-12-1 with a goal differential of +32 against the Leafs. Only one OT loss in their history, that's fun.

Common Threads: Alberta boys, Joe Colborne and Mason Raymond, have both played for the Leafs in the past. Matty Franchise was also drafted by Toronto, thanks guys!

Remember when Leafs captain and husband to Elisha Cuthbert, Dion Phaneuf, played for the Flames? I was a big fan back then, not so much now. Old friend, Tim Erixon was just picked up from waivers by Toronto too.

Earlier this week, Mike did a two part analysis on Mikael Backlund, comparing him to Toronto's own Nazem Kadri. So there's that.

Approaching Milestones: Games played countdown: Dennis Wideman needs seven to a total of 700, Mason Raymond needs two and Kris Russell needs three to reach 500 each. Raphael Diaz is getting there and needs 10 games to 200. David Jones needs 10 goals to 100, and TJ Brodie needs five points to 100.

Looking at career highs: Brodie needs three more goals to set a new career high going all the way back to junior (as does Lance Bouma), and Jiri Hudler needs two goals, five assists, and one point to be that much more awesome.

As for what the Flames are looking to prevent, Joffrey Lupul needs seven goals to reach 200, Tyler Bozak is looking for nine goals to total 100, Eric Brewer can get to 200 assists with nine more, and Dion Phaneuf is within reach of 400 points, needing four more.

Scoreboard Watching:

The Minnesota Wild are playing the Anaheim Ducks tonight. Let's hope the Ducks come out fighting to make up for the loss against the Flames on Wednesday.

Current Records and Leaders

Calgary Flames Toronto Maple Leafs
Record: 37-25-5: 79 points Record: 27-35-6: 60 points
Pacific Division: 3rd Atlantic Division:7th
Western Conference: 7th Eastern Conference: 14th
Goal Differential: +22 Goal Differential: -29
Time on ice
Defence: TJ Brodie (25:11 per game)
Forward: Sean Monahan (19:22 per game)
Defence: Dion Phaneuf (23:20 per game)
Forward: James van Riemsdyk (18:58 per game)
Points
Goals: Sean Monahan (25)
Assists: Mark Giordano (37)
Points: Jiri Hudler (57)
Goals: Phil Kessel & JVR (23)
Assists: Phil Kessel (29)
Points: Phil Kessel (52)
Shots
Shots on goal: Mark Giordano (157)
Shooting percentage: Jiri Hudler (18.8%)
Shots on goal: Phil Kessel (225)
Shooting percentage: Tyler Bozak (14.7%)
Faceoff Leaders
Sean Monahan (50.2%, 1472 taken) Tyler Bozak (51.8%, 1472 taken)
Grit
Penalty minutes: Brandon Bollig (59)
Hits: Lance Bouma (224)
Blocked shots: Kris Russell (228)
Penalty minutes: Dion Phaneuf (95)
Hits: Roman Polak (225)
Blocked shots: Roman Polak (128)
ES Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 1/2 team's games played)
Corsi for%: Mark Giordano (48.4%, 61 GP)
Josh Jooris (46.9%, 50 GP)
Fenwick for%: Josh Jooris (49.7%, 50 GP)
Mark Giordano (48.6%, 61 GP)
Corsi for%: Nazem Kadri (50.0%, 64 GP)
Jake Gardiner (49.1%, 65 GP)
Fenwick for%: Nazem Kadri (49.8%, 64 GP)
David Booth (48.3%, 45 GP)


Possible starting lineups

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund David Jones
Mason Raymond
Josh Jooris Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Michael Ferland
Left Defense Right Defense
Kris Russell
Dennis Wideman
TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland
David Schlemko
Raphael Diaz
Goalies
Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo

Toronto Maple Leafs
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Joffrey Lupul
Tyler Bozak
Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk
Peter Holland
Richard Panik
Leo Komorov
Trevor Smith
David Booth
Joakim Lindstrom
Zach Sill
Brandon Kozun
Left Defense Right Defense
Jake Gardiner
Dion Phaneuf
Eric Brewer
Morgan Rielly
Tim Erixon
TJ Brennan
Goalies
Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

#freeBrodie (!!)

Also, Kadri is still out due to 'disciplinary reasons.'