Fresh off of what has to be the most demoralizing loss of the season - a seven to three shelacking at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames hit the road to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs where they'll hopefully have a better outcome. Saturday's loss was an odd one - the Flames carried possession, but the defense was sketchy at best and the goaltending was utterly abhorrent. They've made some lineup adjustments accordingly.
Brian Elliott takes over the crease tonight for Chad Johnson who was chased after three goals on four shots, all of which were at even strength, none of which were in high danger situations. Elliott wasn't stellar in his own right allowing three goals on 26 shots. Johnson's hot run seems to be cooling considerably.
Jyrki Jokipakka is finally out of the lineup. The Flames defenseman is becoming rather maligned as he puts up some of the worst possession numbers in the league across nearly every category and was made to look foolish on a number of occasions on Saturday. Brett Kulak finally gets a chance back in the lineup and he's been considerably more successful this season.
Micheal Ferland draws out tonight in favour of Freddie Hamilton. There may or may not be much to read into this one - on one hand, Ferland had a relatively bad game and is listed as a healthy scratch. On the other hand, Ferland is coming off of a recent injury, the Flames are playing back-to-back games, they're on the road, and they're two time zones away from home. It makes more since that they're just giving him a night off.
Hopefully tonight will see a better performance. Go Flames go.