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NHL Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs (37-16-8) at Calgary Flames (27-21-13)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS NOTES:

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 2 at Edmonton 5
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
TOR Goals: Kämpf, Marner (PP)
EDM Goals: McDavid (PP), McDavid, Hyman, Yamamoto, Kostin
TOR Goaltender: Samsonov, 27/32, .844 SV%
EDM Goaltender: Skinner, 26/28, .929 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-3
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-4

Player Notes: – Mitch Marner scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 1:08 of the third period. Marner also registered the primary assist on Kämpf’s goal. Marner has posted a multi-point outing in three of his last four games where he has collected 10 points (1G, 9A). Marner has recorded nine assists through his last three road games.

  • Morgan Rielly posted the primary assist on Marner’s power play goal, recording his 28th assist of the season. Rielly skated in his 700th career NHL game on Wednesday becoming the 15th player and sixth defenceman in Maple Leafs history to skate in 700 regular season games.
  • Auston Matthews posted the secondary assist on Marner’s power play goal, recording his 32nd assist of the season. Matthews has posted three points through his last two games (2G, 1A).
  • William Nylander skated in his 500th career NHL game.
  • Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty skated in their Maple Leafs debut.

TONIGHT’S GAME
2022-23 Matchups vs. Calgary: Second of Two
2021-22 Record vs. Calgary: 1-1-0
Toronto Season Record: 37-16-8
Toronto Road Record: 14-10-4

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The Maple Leafs are set to take on the Calgary Flames tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome in the second of two matchups between the clubs this season. Toronto won the first meeting of the 2022-23 campaign against Calgary in a 5-4 overtime decision on December 10th at Scotiabank Arena. William Nylander recorded five points (2G, 3A) in Toronto’s win. The Maple Leafs have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games against the Flames (5-1-1). Toronto is skating in their second game of a back-to-back, the club has posted a 5-3-1 record in such games this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: TSN4 RADIO: TSN 1050
Toronto Maple Leafs: Media Notes

NEXT GAME
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Opponent: at Vancouver Canucks
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
February 28, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired defenceman Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.
February 28, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired a third round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Pierre Engvall.
February 28, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired defenceman Erik Gustafsson and Boston’s first round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenceman Rasmus Sandin.
February 27, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired defenceman Jake McCabe, forward Sam Lafferty, a conditional fifth round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft and a conditional fifth round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev, a conditional first round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft (top ten protected) and a second round selection in the 2026 NHL Draft. The Blackhawks will retain 50% of McCabe’s salary as part of the transaction.
February 18, 2023 The Maple Leafs have recalled goaltender Erik Källgren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis. Forward Pontus Holmberg has been loaned to the Marlies.
February 17, 2023 The Maple Leafs acquired Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari in a three-team trade with St. Louis and Minnesota. St. Louis receives Mikhail Abramov and Adam Gaudette, Toronto’s 1st round pick in
’23, Ottawa’s 3rd round pick in ’23 and Toronto’s 2nd round pick in ’24. Minnesota receives Toronto’s 4th round pick in ’25. St. Louis will retain 50% and Minnesota will retain 25% of O’Reilly’s salary as part of the trade. Toronto also received Josh Pillar from the Minnesota Wild as part of the transaction.

INJURY REPORT
Carl Dahlström Shoulder (LTIR)
Victor Mete Lower Body (LTIR)
Matt Murray Ankle (LTIR)
Jake Muzzin Neck (LTIR)
Nick Robertson Shoulder (LTIR)

ALL-TIME VS. CALGARY FLAMES:
First Matchup between Clubs: November 5, 1972 (Toronto 2 at Atlanta 2)
All-Time Record: 69-63-12-6 (150 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 40-21-7-4 (72 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 29-42-5-2 (78 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: April 5, 2021 (Toronto 5 at Calgary 3)

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. CALGARY FLAMES:
Games Played: Ryan O’Reilly (40), Luke Schenn (30), John Tavares (28)
Goals: John Tavares (10), Auston Matthews (7), Ryan O’Reilly (7)
Assists: John Tavares (18), Ryan O’Reilly (18), William Nylander (14)
Points: John Tavares (28), Ryan O’Reilly (25), William Nylander (20)
Penalty Minutes: Jake McCabe (15), Justin Holl (15), Luke Schenn (14)

2022-23 AVERAGES
Points% GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .672 3.43 2.66 25.4 81.3 32.1 29.0 53.2
Calgary .549 3.15 3.08 19.9 80.7 35.8 26.9 50.8

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2022-23
Power Play: 25.4%
Power Play Goal Leader: 11 – Tavares
Power Play Point Leader: 29 – Marner (7G, 22A)
2021-22 Power Play: 63/231 (27.3%)

ON THE PK IN 2022-23
Penalty Kill: 81.3%
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 3 – Järnkrok (1G, 2A), Marner (2G, 1A)
2021-22 Penalty Kill: 192/234 (82.1%)

FAST FACTS
Thursday games 12th of 15 (7 home, 8 road)
Back-to-Backs played 9 of 14
Record in first game of back-to-back 6-4-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 5-3-1
March games 2nd of 14 (5 home, 9 road)

CALGARY FLAMES NOTES:

FLAMES LAST GAME RECAP
February 28, 2023 – CALGARY FLAMES [3] vs. BOSTON BRUINS 4
The Calgary Flames welcomed the Boston Bruins to the Scotiabank Saddledome to start a three-game homestand on Tuesday night. Calgary would muster 19 first period shots but Dimitry Orlov would score twice to put the Bruins up 2-0 through the opening 20. In the second, Blake Coleman would score his 100th career goal 1:07 into the frame to draw the Flames within one, and it remained 2-1 through 40 minutes of play. Calgary would continue to battle back in the third with Dillon Dube drawing the Flames level midway through the frame before Jonathan Huberdeau gave the Flames their first lead of the game just over a minute later. Boston would tie the contest in the ladder stages of the period and the game required overtime. Boston would score with just five-seconds left in the extra-frame to win 4-3.

CGY GOAL SCORERS: Coleman (13), Dube (17), Huberdeau (12)
GOALIE: Vladar (3/5, .600 Sv%) Markstrom (13/15, .867 Sv%)
PP: 0/3 (0%)
PK: 2/3(66%)

FLAMES LAST FIVE RESULTS, RECORD: 1-2-2
DATE RESULT GWG CGY GOALIE OPP. GOALIE
February 28, 2023 BOS [4] at CGY 3 McAvoy Vladar/Markstrom Ullmark
February 25, 2023 CGY [1] at COL [4] Newhook Markstrom Georgiev
February 23, 2023 CGY [3] at VGK 4 Pietrangelo Vladar Brossoit
February 22, 2023 CGY [6] at ARI [3] Pelletier Vladar Vejmelka
February 20, 2023 PHI [4] vs. CGY [3] Allison Markstrom Ersson
*shootout winning goal

FLAMES UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
DATE TIME
(MST) OPPONENT VENUE
March 2, 2023 7:00pm vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Saddledome
March 4, 2023 8:00pm vs. Minnesota Wild Scotiabank Saddledome
March 6, 2023 6:30pm at Dallas Stars American Airlines Center
March 7, 2023 6:00pm at Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center
March 10, 2023 7:00pm vs. Anaheim Ducks Scotiabank Saddledome

TONIGHTS STORYLINES & STATS
This is the second and final matchup this season between the Flames and Maple Leafs. The Flames fell 5-4 in overtime during the clubs’ first meeting back in December. This is a Pacific Division versus Atlantic Division matchup; The Flames have an overall record of 4-6-4 against Atlantic Division opponents this season and a record of 11-11-8 against Eastern Conference opponents.

LAST MEETING WITH TORONTO:
The Calgary Flames headed to Scotiabank Arena to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs back on December 10th. Auston Matthews opened the scoring 5:03 into the first, but the Flames would respond with a pair of goals from Noah Hanifin and Nazem Kadri to take a 2-1 lead. William Nylander would score late in the frame and a busy opening 20 minutes would end with the teams deadlocked at two. The Flames and Leafs would trade goals throughout the rest of the game with Nylander scoring again to give Toronto their lead back, but Trevor Lewis netted his fifth of the season to tie the game back up. In the third Noah Hanifin scored his second of the night, giving the Flames their first lead since the opening period. However, Michael Bunting would draw the Leafs level and the teams remained in a stalemate through 60 minutes. Overtime was required and in the extra frame the Leafs would score to win 5-4.

CALGARY FLAMES vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
CGY vs. TOR ALL-TIME HOME AWAY L10 STRK
69-64-12-5 44-29-5-0 25-35-7-5 4-3-3 L1

GAME INFO:
Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00pm MT
Scotiabank Saddledome
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: Sportsnet Fan 960

2022-23 Season Series: 0-0-1 (Home: 0-0-0, Road 0-0-1)
Dec. 10, 2022 – CGY [4] at TOR 5
Mar. 2, 2023 – TOR at CGY

2021-22 Season Record vs. TOR: 1-0-1 (Home: 1-0-0, Road: 0-0-1)
Last Home Win vs. TOR: February 10, 2022 – Toronto [2] vs. Calgary [5]
Last Road Win @ TOR: April 13, 2021 – Calgary [3] at Toronto 2
Last Home Loss vs. TOR: April 5, 2021 – Toronto [5] vs. Calgary [3]
Last Road Loss @ TOR: December 10, 2022 – Calgary [4] at Toronto 5

2022-23 CALGARY FLAMES
FLAMES RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Jan. 27 – placed Chris Tanev (D) on IR; activated Brett Ritchie (F) from IR
Jan. 28 – reassigned Walker Duehr (F), Jakob Pelletier (F) and Dennis Gilbert (D) to Calgary (AHL)
Feb. 5 – recalled Jakob Pelletier (F) and Dennis Gilbert (D) from Calgary (AHL)
Feb. 6 – activated Chris Tanev (D) from IR
Feb. 21 – recalled Walker Duehr (F) from Calgary (AHL); placed Michael Stone (D) on IR

FLAMES RECENT INJURIES (Total man games lost – 46)
Noah Hanifin – illness (1 game: Oct. 21)
Chris Tanev – upper-body (5 games: Nov. 3 – Nov. 10)
Jonathan Huberdeau – upper-body (3 games: Nov. 8 – Nov. 12)
Michael Stone – lower-body (11 games: Nov. 7 – Nov. 25)
MacKenzie Weegar – non-COVID illness (1 game: Dec. 12)
Elias Lindholm – upper-body injury (1 game: Dec. 12)
Chris Tanev – upper-body injury (3 games: Dec. 14 – Dec. 18)
Radim Zohorna – non-COVID illness (1 game: Dec. 18)
Dennis Gilbert – lower-body injury (4 games: Dec. 20 – Dec. 27)
Brett Ritchie – upper-body injury (8 games: Jan. 8 – Jan. 26)
Chris Tanev – injury reserve (2 games: Jan. 26 – Jan. 27)
Rasmus Andersson – day-to-day (3 games: Feb. 9 – Feb. 13)
Michael Stone – lower-body injury (4 games: Feb. 22 – Feb. 28)

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