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Scouting Report: Toronto Maple Leafs

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't kick off their five-game road trip the way they would have liked.

A stop in Ottawa on Saturday resulted in a 6-1 loss to the Senators, which was their 23rd regulation setback this year. Jonathan Bernier took over in net for starter James Reimer, who allowed three goals on eight shots, while PA Parenteau netted the lone goal in the loss.

"It wasn't good from anyone tonight," Jake Gardiner told the Canadian Press. "We left (Reimer) out to dry in the first period and then Bernier the rest of the night.

"It just wasn't a good game overall. It was everyone's fault. We weren't ready to play."

Saturday's setback exposed two of the Leafs greatest weaknesses at the moment: a lack of structure in the defensive zone and an inability to generate offence.

The Leafs allowed an average of 2.74 points-per-game, the third highest total in the Eastern Conference, and left Reimer on an island before he was pulled in the first period.

Offensively, Toronto has a 2.29 goals-per-game average that ranks 27th in the NHL and their 76 even-strength markers place them 26th in the league in that category.

The Leafs currently sit in last place in the Atlantic Division with 47 points and now trail third-place Boston by 15 points. In the Wildcard race, they are 12 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the second spot.

Tuesday's game will be the first meeting between the Flames and Leafs this season. They split the 2014-15 season series, with each team scoring seven goals apiece. Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Jiri Hudler, and TJ Brodie paced the Flames with three points each while former Flame Dion Phaneuf led the Leafs with three points.

BREAKING DOWN THE LEAFS

Record: 19-23-9

Power Play: 15.1 percent overall (24 goals scored in 159 chances with the man advantage), 11.2 percent on the road (9 goals scored in 80 chances with the man advantage)

Penalty Kill: 81.2 percent overall (32 goals allowed in 170 times being short-handed), 85.1 percent on the road (14 goals allowed in 94 times being short-handed)

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 0-0-0

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 1-1-0

Notable Injuries: James van Riemsdyk (foot), Stephane Robidas (lower body), Tyler Bozak (illness), Joffrey Lupul (mid-body), and Shawn Matthias (whiplash)

Who's HOT: PA Parenteau

The 32-year-old scored the Leafs only goal against the Senators on Saturday and now has three points in his last three skates. Parenteau, who signed with Toronto as a UFA last summer, is fifth in team scoring with 13 goals and 26 points in 51 games this year. He also sits fifth in shots with 102.

Honourable Mention: Nazem Kadri

Kadri has two goals and three points in his last five games. The 25-year-old is the team's fourth leading scorer this year with 11 goals and 28 points in 51 skates.

Who's NOT: Michael Grabner

The veteran forward has struggled offensively this year, with just six goals and 11 points in 49 appearances, and has been held pointless since Jan. 2. In his last five games, Grabner is a minus-one and has 11 shots on net.

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