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Flames host Maple Leafs on Friday

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

MAPLE LEAFS (27-35-6) at FLAMES (37-25-5)


Season series: Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves and James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Dec. 9. Markus Granlund scored for the Flames.

Maple Leafs team scope: Defenceman TJ Brennan was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Thursday and is expected to be in the lineup. Brennan, who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 26, has four goals and 11 points in 40 NHL games, but hasn't played in the League since 2012-13 with the Florida Panthers. "He's a power-play guy," coach Peter Horachek told the Maple Leafs website Thursday. "He's got a big shot. … We think that he can help in that aspect." The Maple Leafs power play is at 17.5 percent for the season and is 3-for-38 in their past 10 games. Toronto, which defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday will try to win two games in a row for the second time in three months. Toronto begins a three-game road trip having won one of its past 18 road games (1-15-2). Forward Nazem Kadri will not be in the lineup again because of disciplinary reasons.

Flames team scope: Goalie Jonas Hiller will get the start, according to Sportsnet. Calgary is 18-12-3 at Sciotiabank Saddledome and is in the midst of playing seven of eight at home. The Flames defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Wednesday; 11 Flames scored at least one point. "We got contributions throughout the lineup and we need that to win on a nightly basis," forward Matt Stajan, who had two goals, said Wednesday. Calgary is in third place in the Pacific Division; the Flames are 4-0-1 in their past five games and haven't gone six straight games with a point since March 2012. Defenceman Dennis Wideman has five assists in three games. Kris Russell has two goals and six assists in his past four games.

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