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Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs Preview 2/9/2016 (51/82)

The Flames try for 2 in a row when they take on the struggling Maple Leafs at the Saddledome.

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Toronto Maple Leafs @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW, RSNO, SN Ontario, SN West
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames are looking for their second straight win as the team with the worst record in the NHL, the Maple Leafs, come to town. This is the first of two meetings between these two teams for this season and Calgary needs to keep winning to keep hope alive. The Flames are 40-24-5 all time against the Maple Leafs at the Dome where they are averaging 3.9 GFPG. The teams split the series last year, each winning in their own building. The Leafs have welcomed the month of February after a brutal 3-9 record in January. Both teams sit towards the bottom of their perspective conferences and slow starts to the season have put them there. Toronto was 1-9 in October, while the Flames were a horrid 3-9 in the first month of the season. Both teams seem to be heading in different directions as the Flames are attempting to claw their way back into the playoffs, while Toronto is looking at the most ping pong balls in the lottery. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Toronto Maple Leafs
23-25-3 Record 19-23-9
49 Points 47
6th Pacific Division 5th Atlantic
10th West (tie) Conference 12th East (tie)
4-6 Last 10 Games 3-7
134 Goals For 117
148 Goals Against 140
Gaudreau (21) Goals Komarov (17)
Gaudreau (49) Points Komarov (33)
Ramo (.911) SV % Reimer (.929)
30th (14.2%) PP 29th  (15.1%)
28th (76.8%) PK 14th (81.2%)

The Flames last skated Saturday night and took down the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Calgary spread out the scoring as Michael Frolik, Sam Bennett, Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund all scored. Jonas Hiller stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced and Micheal Ferland continued to drive the Canucks batty by engaging in some fisticuffs with Luca Sbisa. Here's the highlights:

The Leafs last played on Saturday and were throttled by the Ottawa Senators 6-1. P.A. Parenteau scored the Leafs lone goal, while James Reimer was chased after 7 minutes, giving up 3 goals on 8 shots. Here are the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Josh Jooris David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Lance Bouma
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Ladislav Smid
Karri Ramo Jonas Hiller (s) 

Scratches: Joe Colborne, Dennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: none

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Michael Grabner Nazem Kadri Leo Komarov
Daniel Winnik Nick Spaling Josh Leivo
Peter Holland Mark Arcobello P.A. Parenteau
Richard Clune Byron Froese Brad Boyes
Left Defense Right Defense
Matt Hunwick Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner Roman Polak
Martin Marincin Frank Corrado
James Reimer (s) Jonathan Bernier

Scratches: None

Injuries: Nathan HortonStephane Robidas, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler BozakShawn MatthiasJoffrey Lupul