Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
TV: SNF, SNW - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames (16-20-3, 35 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs (25-10-3, 53 pts)
Whether you believe it’s the core players or the coaching or a combination of the two, something is certainly rotten with the Calgary Flames. Sunday night the good guys played well for around 40 minutes, but fell apart when it came time to produce and lost to the Maple Leafs 4-2. The Flames have now lost three in a row and eight of their last 10. The playoffs are clearly not in the Flames future, despite what one Flames broadcaster still wants you to believe and now it’s root for draft position (feel the sarcasm).
As we mentioned in the preview for Sunday’s game, the Flames offence has completely dried up and that was evident last night. They scored only two goals while taking 34 shots. Yes, part of the problem was Michael Hutchinson played well, but he was also very shaky at times and was fighting the puck. Calgary had a 2-1 lead and had a chance to attempt a knock out blow, but they just didn’t seem to have it in them to finish off the Maple Leafs.
Tonight may not get any easier for the Flames either. Calgary could be facing Michael Hutchinson again, but with it being a true back to back, Toronto could toss Jack Campbell between the pipes if he gets cleared. He’s currently still listed as day-to-day with a leg injury and if he is ready the Flames had better watch out. Campbell is 8-0-0 this season and has a Save % of .951. He’s started twice against Calgary this season, having won both and has a GAA of 1.00 and a .968 Save% in those two starts.
For the Flames, it’s just a case of getting through the trade deadline, riding out the final 16 games and figuring out where this franchise is headed. There’s allegedly too much talent on this roster for the team to be this bad, but something has to go and it’s clearly not going to be the head coach.
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Markstrom (E): 12-13-2, 2.94 GAA, .901 SV%
Leafs: Campbell (E): 8-0-0, 1.35 GAA, .951 SV%
Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (13), Points- Lindholm (31), PIM- Tkachuk (41), Save%- Rittich (.904)
Leafs: Goals- Matthews (25), Points- Marner (47), PIM: Bogosian (45). Save%- Campbell (.951)
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