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Flames begin road trip against Maple Leafs

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (17-9-2) at MAPLE LEAFS (14-9-3)

TV: SNW, TSN4

Season series: The Toronto Maple Leafs won both games against the Calgary Flames last season. Flames defenceman Mark Giordano has two goals and eight points in nine career games against the Maple Leafs. The Flames are 59-54-12-1 all-time against the Maple Leafs, but are 20-31-7-1 in Toronto.

Flames team scope: This is the first game of a four-game road trip for Calgary. Forward Matt Stajan, who was out 15 games with a knee injury, returned to the lineup in a 3-2 loss against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, and had one assist on 14 shifts. The team reported on Monday that forward Mason Raymond will make his return to the lineup on Tuesday after missing the past 17 games with a shoulder injury. Goalie Jonas Hiller, who is 9-6-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .913 save percentage this season, will start. Forward Joe Colborne (upper body; 16 games missed) has begun skating on his own and is close to rejoining the team. "In our situation, every game is special," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. "We're entering a crucial segment. The first four games are on the road and this is not an easy trip. There won't be easy trips. We want to be a playoff team. There is no sense putting whipped cream on everything. It's down to business and every game is going to be tough."

Maple Leafs team scope: Toronto plays the last game of a five-game home stand before traveling to Detroit on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs have received balanced scoring, averaging 3.42 goals per game. Center Leo Komarov, who sustained a head injury on Nov. 29, did not participate in practice on Monday and no timetable has been given for his return. Forward Brandon Kozun has been out since Oct. 17 with an ankle injury but could return to the lineup when needed. Jonathan Bernier, who is 3-1-0 in his past four games, is expected to start in net. He is 10-6-3 with a 2.72 GAA and .916 save percentage this season.

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