The Calgary Flames return home after the brilliant individuals over at the NHL scheduling gave them six road games in nine days including two schedule losses. They played well in their last game against the New York Islanders, but ultimately lost when Calgary native Thomas Hickey won it in overtime. They'll try their luck again tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lineups haven't been announced, but it looks like Mark Jankowski is back out for Freddie Hamilton. On one hand, Jankowski was positive in relative Corsi percentage last game which is considerably more than Freddie can boast. On the other hand, Jankowski was close to invisible - he was the only forward without a shot - he had one hit and that was about it.
Jyrki Jokipakka may be in for Brett Kulak which is just a bad decision. Kulak has arguably been the Flames best defenseman and inarguably one of their best two and that's with most of his time coming with Deryk Engelland. Jokipakka has been well below replacement level.
Chad Johnson returns in net and he's probably hoping that he doesn't get stranded on the island that they stranded him on against The Philadelphia Flyers. He was tested greatly with multiple breakaways and far too many scoring chances. He looked subpar, but anybody would have given the way the Flames played in front of him.
It's a schedule loss for the Maple Leafs. They downed The Edmonton Oilers last night, but are the tired team coming in. Will the Flames capitalize or will the young Toronto team prove to be too much?