FACING THE LEAFS
The Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs will square off twice this season, starting with this evening's match-up at the Scotiabank Saddledome. In their last 10 home games against the Leafs, the Flames have a 9-1-0 record. Their lone loss in that stretch came in the 2013-14 campaign when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Leafs on Oct. 30, 2013.
The Flames have two former Leafs on the roster in Matt Stajan and Kris Versteeg. Stajan played in 445 games with Toronto, netting 87 goals and 196 points. Versteeg dressed for 53 games with the Leafs in the 2010-11 season, recording 14 goals and 35 points before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers that year.
Head coach Glen Gulutzan confirmed forward Garnet Hathaway will get back into the lineup this evening. The winger was a healthy scratch in Monday's 2-1 overtime setback to the New York Islanders. Gulutzan also noted he will be making one more game-time decision ahead of puck drop tonight.
Chad Johnson is expected to get the start. The netminder went 3-1-0 on the Flames' six-game road trip and is now 7-4-1 on the season with a 2.23 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
A TEAM EFFORT
Since Johnny Gaudreau suffered a fractured finger on Nov. 15, the Flames have had 10 skaters record at least one goal. Rookie Matthew Tkachuk has led the way since Gaudreau's injury, scoring three goals and four points in his last eight games.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Dennis Wideman needs 4 goals for 100.
Johnny Gaudreau needs 6 assists for 100.
Alex Chiasson needs 12 points for 100.
Tonight's game is set for 6:30 PM MT with Sportsnet (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) carrying the broadcasts. @NHLFlames will be live-tweeting the game and posting exclusive content through the day.