logo

Matthews’ status still up in the air as Leafs play afternoon game against Flames

alt
Photo credit:© Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Maxwell
1 year ago
After a surprising win against the Edmonton Oilers without Auston Matthews in the lineup, the Leafs go on their first big road trip of the season, kicking it off with back-to-back games against Calgary. Today is the first of the two, and the Leafs look to keep the winning ways going in a division that’s already starting to show it’s true contenders and pretenders.
The Flames enter the game having not played in six days, but with only three games played, they are currently undefeated in regulation, thanks to back-to-back wins against the Vancouver Canucks. The usual suspects have been leading the way for them, as Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, and Sean Monahan lead the team in scoring with 4 points, while players like Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund have been the usual possession monsters that they always are.
We still have no word as to whether or not Auston Matthews will play this afternoon, but I’m sure Friday’s win makes Keefe feel a little bit more confident about giving him more rest if it’s needed. That said, Calgary is a much tougher and deeper team than Edmonton, so he will still be very much needed.
If you need a more in-depth look at the Flames roster, check out the Flames Nation’s preview as well!

Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs
LWCRWForwards

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.6#33 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 76.6#18 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.25#13 FL1

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 C

JIMMY VESEY
Rating: 70.6#107 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.52#26 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 LW

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 71.0#98 C

WAYNE SIMMONDS
Rating: 70.2#112 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.76#15 FL3

ALEXANDER BARABANOV

ADAM BROOKS

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.4#126 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.42#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. BRODIE
Rating: 74.2#27 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.76#18 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.1#17 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.0#61 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#10 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 71.7#83 LD

ZACH BOGOSIAN
Rating: 71.4#76 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.56#20 DL3
The line up will be pending on if Matthews is in the lineup, but otherwise I’d expect the Leafs to go with the same lines as Friday.
Calgary Flames
LWCRWForwards

ANDREW MANGIAPANE
Rating: 74.2#36 LW

ELIAS LINDHOLM
Rating: 76.5#19 C

MATTHEW TKACHUK
Rating: 78.0#9 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.25#14 FL1

JOHNNY GAUDREAU
Rating: 76.0#19 LW

SEAN MONAHAN
Rating: 74.4#42 C

DOMINIK SIMON
Rating: 70.1#132 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.50#17 FL2

SAM BENNETT
Rating: 69.6#127 LW

MIKAEL BACKLUND
Rating: 75.5#30 C

JOSH LEIVO
Rating: 71.7#85 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.25#10 FL3

ZAC RINALDO
Rating: 70.4#126 LW

DEREK RYAN
Rating: 72.0#83 C

MILAN LUCIC
Rating: 70.7#103 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.01#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

MARK GIORDANO
Rating: 77.9#6 LD

RASMUS ANDERSSON
Rating: 73.5#36 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.67#9 DL1

NOAH HANIFIN
Rating: 73.3#49 LD

CHRIS TANEV
Rating: 71.0#90 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.16#26 DL2

JUUSO VALIMAKI
Rating: 72.6#6 LD

NIKITA NESTEROV
DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.42#11 DL3

Leafs Player to Watch: TJ Brodie

I mean, this one was fairly obvious. Brodie spent 10 seasons with the Flames before signing with the Leafs this offseason, and in his first game both against the Flames and in Calgary, it will be a big one for him. He’s played well so far this season, let’s see if he steps it up against his old team today.

Flames Player to Watch: Mark Giordano

On the opposite side, Giordano was Brodie’s former defense partner, and in the three games he’s played so far he’s been less stellar than usual, with a 51.2% share of the 5v5 shot attempts, and a 45.11% share of the 5v5 expected goals. Not bad, but considering the Flames have a 53.99% 5v5 CF% (7th), and a 55.36% 5v5 xGF% (9th), it could be better. It’ll be interesting to see which one of this former dynamic pair excels more without the other in this series.

Leafs Starting Goalie: Unconfirmed

While we haven’t gotten any confirmation yet, it’s safe to say that Keefe will probably turn to Andersen again this afternoon. After a rough first two games, he’s been excellent through his last three games, sporting a .938 save percentage against high flying offenses in the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers. That said, it isn’t out of the question that Keefe gives Andersen a break and goes to Jack Campbell either.

Flames Starting Goalie: Jacob Markstrom

Like with Andersen, Markstrom isn’t entirely confirmed as the starter either, but considering the Flames had almost a week off, I’d imagine they’d go with their starter for this game. He’s been as advertised for the Flames so far in the crease, with a 2-0-1 record and a .935 save percentage through his first three games as a Flame.
The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet West this afternoon. Puck drop is at 4pm EST!

Check out these posts...