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Get Your Tickets to our next Puck Talks Live event on Wednesday, December 13th at Rivoli in Toronto. Guest Include Pierre Lebrun, James Duthie and James Mirtle. 

Buy Your Tickets Here

 http://www.homestandsports.com/upcoming-shows/2017/12/13/puck-talks-toronto

Spencer Lussier

The 105th Grey Cup rematch takes place tonight, this time on the ice as the Toronto Maple Leafs begin their Western Canada road trip in Calgary. Toronto will look to continue the city’s recent trend of beating Calgary teams, but just like the Grey Cup, this won’t be an easy task. Calgary enters this one winning 6 of their last 10 games, and a lot of that stemming from their explosive first line. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Michael Ferland are the perfect balance of skill, size and speed for a line. Gaudreau is tied for second in points with 34 and is a legitimate threat every time he is in the offensive zone. Sean Monahan is the finisher with 14 goals on the season which is fourth best in the NHL and Michael Ferland bring both the size and speed for a line that has recorded 45 points in their last 11 games. Clearly the emphasis for the Leafs game plan tonight is limiting the opportunities for the Flames first line. The task will most likely fall on Nazem Kadri’s line once again. Last season Toronto faired well against the Western Canadian teams with a record of 4-2, splitting both games with Calgary.

Player to Watch for Calgary:

Obviously, watch out for that first line of Gaudreau, Monahan and Ferland but another player on Calgary that will be important is Matthew Tkachuk. Now he is not the most offensively gifted player, but he will be important for the overall tone of the game. Tkachuk is arguably the biggest pest in the NHL right now. If he is able to ride the line of agitating the Leafs by forcing them to take unnecessary penalties while not committing any of his own, then the Flames have a good chance in this one, especially with the Flames owning a top 10 power play in the league.

Watchability Scale:

I won’t lie I have some high expectations for this game. If you can stay up for it then I suggest you do as both teams are similar in a way that they have young and exciting players that have evolved into must watch TV. If you have never seen a Johnny Gaudreau game, tune in tonight because he is a treat to watch. Gaudreau is one of the smallest players in the league but is also one of the most dangerous night in and night out. I expect a competitive game with some goals, remarkable saves and fast paced action. I give this game a full 5 out of 5.

Lines:

Leafs:

Hyman - Matthews - Brown

Marleau - Kadri - Komarov

JVR - Bozak - Marner

Martin - Moore - Nylander

Rielly - Hainsey

Gardiner - Zaitsev

Borgman - Polak

Andersen

Flames:

Gaudreau - Monahan - Ferland

Tkachuk - Backlund - Frolik

Bennett - Jankowski - Jagr

F. Hamilton - Stajan - Brouwer

Giordano - D. Hamilton 

Brodie - Hamonic

Bartkowski - Stone

Smith