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After ending their Western Canadian road trip with a 2-1 loss to Vancouver, the Leafs are back home to take on another Western Canadian foe, the Calgary Flames. The two teams met last Tuesday, with the Leafs getting the best of the Flames in a 4-1 decision.
It's evident over the past few years that there is no love lost between the two teams, and we should expect another physical, hard fought game tonight. This is the type of contest where players like Zach Hyman and Leo Komarov should thrive. Seeing these two engaged early on would be a great sign for Toronto.
These are two of Canada's best hopes of bringing Lord Stanley back north of the border and we've seen encouraging signs from both teams, more so from the Leafs however. When Calgary went into the season with a defence that was considered one of the most formidable in the entire National Hockey League, expectations were sky high. Rightfully so. From one to six, there aren't many teams that can compete with what the Flames have to offer, and the Leafs can certainly take notice when they look to add to their defence core come the trade deadline and in the years to come.
Players to watch on Calgary
As much as Calgary's success comes from the back end, much of their offence comes from Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan up front. Through 24 games, the duo have already combined for 60 points. More secondary scoring has been what the Flames should be targeting, but these two stars up front are a great place to start. In last weeks match up with Toronto, both players left a lot to be desired, thus Calgary needs more from them tonight.
Like I mentioned earlier, these teams don't exactly like each other, and that could all boil over into tonight. What I'm trying to say is that if you like old school hockey with a bunch of young, skilled players, watch this game tonight. Last week saw a more dominant Leaf victory, expect for more of a closer tilt tonight, and maybe even some OT action, who knows. I do however suggest that you tune in tonight, because this match up has great potential, and I'm giving it a 4/5 on the watchability scare. My opinion might not mean a ton to you, but if you're going to listen to me, now's the time.
Zach Hyman Auston Matthews Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau Nazem Kadri Leo Komarov
Matt Martin Dominic Moore William Nylander
Morgan Rielly Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman Roman Polak
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett Mark Jankowski Jaromir Jagr
Garnet Hathaway Curtis Lazar Troy Brouwer
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak Michael Stone