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Leafs look to make it two in a row against Flames

The Leafs are rolling through the prairies right now, stacking their wins column in all three games of the road trip so far. Though they needed OT for the first two, last night’s defeat of the Flames came in regulation, with Michael Hutchinson in net. The wins might not be as pretty as they were in the early part of the season, but a win is a win, and this Leafs team is finding ways to grab them.

Coming into night two of a back to back for both teams means the playing ground is even in terms of rest and wear, but the Flames will be hungry to split the series and topple the Leafs tonight. They’re on a three game losing streak, and keeping it from becoming four will be priority number one. Veteran goalie Jacob Markstrom is likely to be in net for the Flames tonight, with Jack Campbell at the other end of the ice.

The big boys showed up for the Leafs late in yesterday’s game, with both John Tavares and Auston Matthews scoring goals in the third period to bring the team to a 4-2 win. Though the Leafs looked a bit lethargic at times throughout the game, in the end they got what they needed up and down the lineup. They might take tonight’s game for granted, though, with Calgary’s recent struggles, which could be a costly mistake.

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Can the Leafs make it 2/2 tonight against the Flames?

Tale of the Tape

Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.6#33 LW

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Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.3#6 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

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Rating: 76.6#18 RW

Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 70.8#115 LW

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John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 77.6#15 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.1#23 RW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 70.8#113 C

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 RW

Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 74.0#42 LW

Pierre Engvall
PIERRE ENGVALL

Rating: 71.0#98 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 74.2#27 RD

Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 72.0#61 RD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 71.7#83 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#76 RD

Calgary Flames

LW C RW
Matthew Tkachuk
MATTHEW TKACHUK

Rating: 78.0#9 LW

Elias Lindholm
ELIAS LINDHOLM

Rating: 76.5#19 C

Dillon Dube
DILLON DUBE

Rating: 70.3#108 RW

Johnny Gaudreau
JOHNNY GAUDREAU

Rating: 76.0#19 LW

Sean Monahan
SEAN MONAHAN

Rating: 74.4#42 C

Brett Ritchie
BRETT RITCHIE
Milan Lucic
MILAN LUCIC

Rating: 70.7#103 LW

Mikael Backlund
MIKAEL BACKLUND

Rating: 75.5#30 C

Andrew Mangiapane
ANDREW MANGIAPANE

Rating: 74.2#36 RW

Joakim Nordstrom
JOAKIM NORDSTROM

Rating: 67.9#150 LW

Derek Ryan
DEREK RYAN

Rating: 72.0#83 C

Sam Bennett
SAM BENNETT

Rating: 69.6#127 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Mark Giordano
MARK GIORDANO

Rating: 77.9#6 LD

Rasmus Andersson
RASMUS ANDERSSON

Rating: 73.5#36 RD

Noah Hanifin
NOAH HANIFIN

Rating: 73.3#49 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.0#90 RD

Nikita Nesterov
NIKITA NESTEROV
Michael Stone
MICHAEL STONE

Rating: 71.0#91 RD

Starting Goalies

Though officially unconfirmed at the time of posting, Campbell is expected to start tonight for the Leafs. He is having himself a season so far, 8-0-0 with a .951 save percentage. However, he has been working through an injury for the majority of the season, and the team has had to work diligently to manage his workload and not overdo it. If he’s feeling good we’re likely to see a confident Campbell in net, and the team in front of him truly seems to rally and play strong hockey when he’s their goaltender. Meanwhile, it looks like Markstrom is confirmed in goal for the Flames. The veteran goalie is struggling a bit this season – with a 12-13-2 W-L record, 2.94 GAA  0.901 SV%. David Rittich, who played last night, has historically done quite well against the Leafs. However, they got past him last night with four goals, and they’ll look to do so again against Markstrom tonight. Can the Leafs best both Flames goalies? We’ll find out.

Puck drop is at 9:30pm EST on TSN. Get ready for a late one, folks.