Well boys and girls, I hope you brought your popsicles because its about to get scolding hot in the Air Canada Center. You already know the rules…because there aren’t any.
Just kidding. Of course there are rules. The Calgary Flames are in Toronto tonight (7:30PM Eastern, TSN4) to take on the Leafs. The Leafs are fresh off a 5-2 stomping of the Vancouver Canucks while the Flames are coming off a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
The Flames, though, are in great position right now. They boast a 17-9-2 record and sit 6th in the wild Western Conference. That said, they’ve drawn a lot of criticism for their play so far. They sit 2nd last in the league with a 44.02 Corsi% and 3rd with a 101.79 PDO, leading many to argue their winning ways aren’t sustainable.
The Leafs aren’t too far off. They too sit 6th in their Conference with a 14-9-3 record and have won 5 of their last 7. Leading up to the World Juniors the Leafs play 5 of their next 7 on home ice and will look to keep on rolling tonight against Calgary.
James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul-Nazem Kadri-Mike Santorelli
Daniel Winnik-Peter Holland-David Clarkson
David Booth-Trevor Smith-Richard Panik
Dion Phaneuf-Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner-Korbinian Holzer
Morgan Rielly-Stephane Robidas
Curtis Glencross-Sean Monahan-David Jones
Johnny Gaudreau-Josh Jooris-Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond-Markus Granlund-Paul Byron
Brandon Bollig-Matt Stajan-Lance Bouma
Mark Giordano-T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell-Dennis Wideman
Ladislav Smid-Deryk Engelland
Jonathan Bernier (.916) is expected to get the start opposite Jonas Hiller (.913).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- The Leafs have been in just one 1-goal game in their last 9 games played.
- 11th in league scoring with 28 points in 28 games played, Flames captain Mark Giordano is the early frontrunner for the Norris Trophy.
- Brian Burke’s hair.
- Mason Raymond’s tribute video.