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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs 1/23/17 (50/82)

The Flames will look to sweep the season series from the Leafs as they visit Toronto Monday night.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images
Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs, 5:30 PM MT, Air Canada Centre, Toronto ON
Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames will try to get back in the win column as they begin a 3 game road trip with a stop in Toronto. Calgary and the Leafs last played on November 30th with the Flames winning 3-0 and it sent the Flames off on a season high 6 game winning streak. Calgary is the exact opposite of that team right now. The Flames have lost 4 of their last five and by a small stroke of luck, they still hold on to the final playoff spot in the West. It won’t be easy for the Flames as they are 3-7-0 in their last 10 visits to Toronto, including dropping 4 in a row in the Maple Leafs’ barn.

Toronto, like Calgary, is looking to snap a 2 game losing skid. The Maple Leafs sit in 9th place in the East, 1 point behind the 8th place Bruins for the final playoff spot. As much as the Flames have struggled when visiting Toronto over the the last 10 years, the Leafs aren’t manhandling Western Conference teams this season. Toronto is 6-6-5 when heading West and are 4-3-3 against teams from the Pacific.

Both of these teams are fighting for their playoff lives and this road trip is crucial for the Flames. A win in Toronto sets the trip off right. A loss and things could go sideways real fast. Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Toronto Maple Leafs
24-22-3 Record 21-14-9
51 Points 51
4th Pacific Division 4th Atlantic
8th West Conference 9th East
1-3-1 Last 5 3-1-1
128 Goals For 135
136 Goals Against 125
Monahan (15) Goals Matthews (22)
Backlund (33) Points van Riemsdyk (38)
Tkachuk (90) PIM Martin (79)
Johnson (.917) Save % Andersen (.918)
21.3 (11th) PP% 24.1 (2nd)
81.4 (16th) PK% 84.7 (4th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C= Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Johnson (E) 16-11-1 2.41 .917
Leafs: Andersen (E) 19-10-8 2.69 .918

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 Edmonton Oilers 7

The Flames last took to the ice on Saturday night and were embarrassed by the Oilers 7-3. Chad Johnson gave up 3 goals on 5 shots and was gone before the first period was over. Sean Monahan scored for the 5th straight game, but the Flames once again, had a hard time showing any sort of urgency against their provincial rivals. Here’s our recap, the highlights, Glen Gulutzan’s post game thoughts and stats from the contest.

Flames Stats vs Oilers 1/21/17
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits PIM FOW Giveaways Takeaways PP PK
3 41 31 19 29 39/70 13 4 1/3 4/5

Toronto Maple Leafs 2 Ottawa Senators 3 (SO)

The Maple Leafs last laced them up on Saturday night as well and fell at the hands of the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shoot out. Nazem Kadri had a 2 point effort, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Maple Leafs from dropping their second straight game. Pension Plan Puppets has the recap and has the highlights.

Players To Watch

Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Calgary Flames: Dougie Hamilton (D). Dougie has been quietly putting up points for the Flames lately. He’s got 5 points, all assists, in his last 5 games, including a 2 point effort in the Flames 4-3 loss to the Predators. Of his 30 points, 11 have come on the road and 8 of those points have come this month. Hamilton is second on the team in points, but came up empty when the Flames beat the Maple Leafs earlier this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

Toronto Maple Leafs: Tyler Bozak (C). Bozak is having himself quiet the month as the Toronto centre has 10 points this month, including 6 in his last 5 games. Bozak has been a machine at home collecting 8 goals and 9 assists at Air Canada Centre. Bozak hasn’t fared well against the Flames as he’s had a goose egg in his last 5 contests against Calgary.