Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs, 5 PM MT, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto ON
Where To Watch & Listen
|TV: NHLN-US, TVAS, SN|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
Calgary Flames 5-5-1 (11) - Toronto Maple Leafs 8-3-0 (16 points)
You never like to see a player hurt, especially when it’s one of the league’s most dynamic players, but Calgary may have dodged a bullet Monday night. Auston Matthews was hurt in the second period of the Leafs 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night and will miss Monday’s contest with Calgary in Toronto.
But before you start celebrating a Flames win, it’s not like this is an easy game for the Flames. Calgary has dropped 3 in a row and 4 out of their last 5. The guys in red seem to have a goaltending problem and there doesn’t seem to be an easy fix. Mike Smith has been a shadow of his last year self and while David Rittich has looked extremely solid in his spot duties this season, there’s no indication the Flames are going to make a switch and make Rittich the #1. Calgary’s PP is atrocious and the defence pairings are a mess as well. Still confident?
Then there’s Toronto. They have 3 players in the Top 20 in scoring: Auston Matthews #8 (16 points), Mitch Marner #10 (15 points) and Morgan Rielly #15 (14 points). The Leafs are in a 3 way tie for first in the league in GF with 41. They are second in the NHL in PP% at 32.1%. Frederik Andersen leads all NHL goalies with 6 wins. AND they’re tied with Nashville for the best record in the NHL at 8-3-0. So, yeah, there’s all that.
Matthews being out is a huge blow to the Maple Leafs, but there’s still plenty of fire power to go around and with the Flames still searching for an identity, this game is a wildcard for sure. If you want to pile on the negativity, the Flames are 2-8 in their last 10 visits to Toronto, including losing the last 5 times they’ve played there. I’m done.
Goals: Lindholm (7), Points: Gaudreau (14), PIM: Tkachuk (10), Save%: Rittich (.933)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Goals: Matthews (10), Points: Matthews (16), PIM: Leivo (7), Save%: Andersen (.916)
|Flames: Smith (E)||3-4-1||3.91||0.869|
|Maple Leafs: Andersen (E)||6-3-0||2.58||0.916|
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Last Time Out
Calgary Flames 3 Washington Capitals 4 (SO) (recap)
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Winnipeg Jets 2 (recap)
Players To Watch
Johnny Gaudreau (F): 5 G, 9 A, 5 points in last 5 games.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Mitch Marner (C): 4 G, 11 A, 5 points in last 5 games.