(SportsNetwork.com) – History would seem to indicate that the Toronto Maple
Leafs stand a good chance of ending their five-game homestand on a positive
The Leafs look to pick up a point for the 19th time in their last 20 home
games versus Calgary as they host the Flames on Tuesday night at Air Canada
Toronto is 3-1-0 on its homestand and bounced back from a loss to New Jersey
on Thursday with Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Jake
Gardiner and Richard Panik scored 45 seconds apart late in the first period
and Jonathan Bernier made 44 saves.
Peter Holland and Joffrey Lupul tallied early in the second and David Clarkson
added a late marker for the Maple Leafs.
“You never want to lose back-to-back games,” Bernier said. “We got an early
lead and then we got into penalty trouble in the second and they had a few
good scoring chances on the power play. I thought we played pretty good in the
last 10 minutes of the third period.”
Bernier was making his eighth start in a row and is 3-1-0 with a 1.75 goals
against average and .944 save percentage in four career meetings with the
Toronto does play on Wednesday as it visits Detroit before returning home for
three in a row.
The Maple Leafs are 16-1-2 in their last 19 at home versus the Flames and have
won three of the past four meetings overall.
Calgary will try to reverse that trend tonight as it begins a tough four-game
road trip that also features in Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Chicago.
The Flames had a four-game winning streak halted on Saturday with a 3-2
setback to the San Jose Sharks. Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau each scored
and Karri Ramo stopped 27-of-30 shots in defeat, his first in seven outings.
“They pressured us and got us with two quick goals,” Calgary head coach Bob
Hartley said. “Once again we never stop. That’s one credit that our players
Matt Stajan returned to Calgary’s lineup and had an assist after missing 16
games in a row with a knee injury. The Flames are expected to get another
veteran boost tonight with the probable return of forward Mason Raymond.
Raymond has sat out 17 consecutive contests with a shoulder injury and has
five goals with seven points in 10 games this season. He had 19 goals and 45
seasons in 82 games last season with Toronto.
“Mason most likely will be in the lineup,” Hartley told his team’s website
after Monday’s practice. “He’s worked hard. He looks good. Obviously when he
got hurt, he was our leading scorer.
“We still had a great record without our injured guys but now, the veterans
are coming back and it’s good to see.”
Jonas Hiller will start this game for the Flames looking to beat the Leafs for
the first time. He is 0-4-0 against them with a 4.84 GAA and .849 save