Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

FGD 66: Here come the Leafs (7pm MT, SN West)

Saturday night was about fanfare and ballyhoo at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Monday night is about the home team getting back to work.

The Calgary Flames (41-17-7, 89 points) get their one annual visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs (40-21-4, 84 points), the country’s most or least popular team depending on where you live. Coming off a tough loss on Saturday, the Flames will be dialed-in and will hopefully feed off what will be a boisterous crowd.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

The Flames

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm
Tkachuk – Backlund – Bennett
Frolik – Jankowski – Czarnik
Mangiapane – Ryan – Hathaway

Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Hamonic
Kylington – Andersson

David Rittich will start for the home team, backed up by Mike Smith. The expected healthy scratches are Oscar Fantenberg, Dalton Prout and Curtis Lazar. Oliver Kylington returns to action after missing a couple games with a lingering shot block injury.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

The Flames lost on Saturday by a 4-2 score, their first such loss in eight games. Their skaters weren’t overly sharp in the third period and lost because (a) they couldn’t turn a huge possession edge into a lot of goals in the first 40 minutes and (b) their goaltending didn’t bail them out. Well, they’re facing a fast, talented Leafs club, so they’ll need to be at their best.

The Maple Leafs

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Hyman – Tavares – Marner
Johnsson – Matthews – Kapanen
Marleau – Nylander – Brown
Ennis – Gauthier – Moore

Rielly – Hainsey
Muzzin – Zaitsev
Marincin – Ozhiganov

Frederik Andersen starts for Toronto, backed up by Garret Sparks. The projected healthy scratches are Justin Holl and Nic Petan.

The Leafs are a pretty deep, fast, talented team. They’ve been humming along nicely since before the trade deadline, aside from a 6-1 loss to the New York Islanders last week. They’re a good team and this game should be a big, big test for the Flames.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

The Numbers

Wins 41 40
Points 89 84
Adjusted Corsi 53.4% 51.6%
Power Play 21.8% 22.4%
Penalty Kill 79.5% 80.4%

Injury Report

The Flames are without Michael Stone and James Neal.

The Maple Leafs are without Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and Travis Dermott.

Season Series

This is the second and final game between these teams this season. The Flames beat the Leafs 3-1 in Toronto back in October.

Know Thy Enemy

Your Leafs Twitter follows for today:

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

FGD brought to you by ATB Financial

From peewee to the pros, Albertans love the atmosphere, energy, and life lessons that take place at rinks across the province. And where there’s an arena, you’ll find an ATB branch nearby—with our team members cheering and fundraising along with you. See more information at ATB.com.