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Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs Preview 3/21/2016

The Flames look to win their second in a row as they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 PM ET, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames second stop on their 3 game road trip finds them in Toronto to battle the league's worst team in the Maple Leafs. The Flames and Leafs last played on February 9th with the Flames winning 4-3. As miserable as the Leaf's season has been, they are 12-12 against the Western Conference, but they don't fare well when they play the Flames. In this decade so far, the Flames own a 5-1 record against the Leafs, but are 20-34-7 all time in Toronto where the Leafs are a little less (3.9-3.5) than a half a goal better against the Flames. Both teams come in having won 3 out of their last 5, but Toronto still has the inside track to the worst record in the regular season. No doubt, the Flames would like to add to that total by sweeping the season series. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Toronto Maple Leafs
31-35-6 Record 25-35-11
68 Points 61
5th Pacific Division 8th Atlantic
10th West Conference 14th East
5-5 Last 10 Games 4-6
198 Goals For 163
220 Goals Against 201
Gaudreau (27) Goals Komarov (19)
Gaudreau (71) Points Kadri (37)
Ramo (.909) SV % Bernier (.905)
28th (16.0%) PP 30th (14.5%)
30th (74.9%) PK 19th (81.0%)

The Flames last played Sunday night and took care of the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Sean Monahan netted two goals and an assist while Dougie Hamilton continued his hot streak with 3 assists. Niklas Backstrom got his first start in net this season after being traded to the Flames. He stopped 21- of 22 shots to earn the victory. Here's the highlights:

The Leafs last took to the ice on Saturday and beat Buffalo 4-1. William Nylander and Milan Michalek each had 2 points in the win and Garret Sparks earned his 5th win of the season by stopping 21 of 22 shots. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Josh Jooris
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Sam Bennett Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Garnet Hathaway
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Jyrki Jokipakka Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Tyler Wotherspoon
Jonas Hiller (s) Niklas Backstrom

Scratches:  Deryk Engelland, Joni Ortio

Injuries: Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid, Dennis Wideman

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
Nikita Soshnikov

Nazem Kadri

Connor Brown
P.A. Parenteau William Nylander Zach Hyman
Colin Greening Brooks Laich Peter Holland
Milan Michalek Ben Smith Michael Grabner
Left Defense Right Defense
Morgan Rielly Martin Marincin
Jake Gardiner Connor Carrick
Rinat Valiev Frank Corrado
Jonathan Bernier (s) Garret Sparks


Injuries: Nathan HortonStephane Robidas, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler BozakJoffrey LupulByron FroeseMatt HunwickViktor LoovLeo Komarov