Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs, 5:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto ON
TV: TVAS, SNW - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames (17-21-3, 37 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs (28-11-3, 59 pts)
The Flames and Maple Leafs will meet for the final time this season as Calgary heads to Toronto to take on the North Division leaders. Toronto has taken six of the eight meetings so far and have added motivation tonight. The Flames and Leafs completed a trade late Sunday night, sending Calgary goaltender David Rittich to Toronto for a draft pick. It would be bananas to think Rittich wouldn’t be starting tonight against his old team and that could end poorly for the Flames.
Calgary snapped a four game losing streak on Saturday night by defeating the Oilers 5-0 at home, but the Flames are back on the road and that’s a place that hasn’t been very hospitable. Calgary’s overall record away from the Dome is 7-12-2, but they’re currently mired in a four game losing streak in the opposition’s barn and that started with a 2-0 loss to the Leafs on March 20th. While the offensive explosion and blanking of Edmonton was nice, there’s still a lot wrong with this team. Calgary has lost 9 of their last 12 and only scored more than three goals in four of those 12 tilts. The team didn’t dismantle itself over the trade deadline so this group will be what is put on the ice from here on out as this disappointing campaign comes to an end.
Toronto meanwhile is gearing up for a deep playoff run as their regular season winds down. They’ve found an absolute gem in Jack Campbell between the pipes. He finally lost his first start after winning 11 in a row, including going 3-0-0 against the Flames and sporting a 1.67 GAA and a .946 save percentage when facing Calgary. After a small three game losing skid, Toronto has won 9 of their last 11 and pushed their lead to six points over second place Winnipeg with only 14 games left on their schedule.
The Flames will certainly have their work cut out for them as they are facing the league’s 4th highest scoring team (140 GF), the top goal scorer in Matthews (32) and the player with the most GWG in 2021 in....you guessed it, Auston Matthews (9). So there’s a lot for the Flames to handle in this contest, not to mention the possibility of facing their former keeper in David Rittich. This game will be entertaining for sure, but for which fan base?
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Markstrom (E): 13-14-2, 2.91 GAA, .901 SV%
Leafs: Rittich (E): 4-7-1, 2.90 GAA, .904 SV%
Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (14), Points- Lindholm (34), PIM- Tkachuk (41), Save%- Markstrom (.901)
Maple Leafs: Goals- Matthews (32), Points- Matthews (53), PIM: Bogosian (40). Save%- Campbell (.930)
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Players To Watch
Matthew Tkachuk (F): 3 goals and 2 assists in 8 games against Toronto in 2021
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Auston Matthews (C): 5 goals and 4 assists in 8 games against the Flames in 2021