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Keys to the Game: Leafs vs. Flames

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs host the upstart Calgary Flames tonight at Air Canada Centre. Here are the Leafs’ three keys wrapping up their five game home stand with a victory.

Limit Mark Giordano

Credited for being an excellent possession player through advanced stats, Mark Giordano has stepped up that play with some points to go with it. His 28 points leads the Flames in scoring, and is six points up on Sharks defenceman Brett Burns for the lead on points among defenceman. Giordano’s ability to dictate the play and move the puck around has been a big factor in the Flames surprising start.

Win the Battle in Goal

Jonas Hiller draws in goal for Calgary after Kari Rammo started the last consecutive games in goal. Ramo is 9-6-1 this season and has been dependable in goal for the Flames. Meanwhile, Jonathan Bernier will be a bit more seasoned, having started the last eight games. Bernier’s ninth start in a row will be the most he’s had in his career. Bernier started in goal for eight straight games last season.

Emotions In Check

The Calgary Flames are coming off a loss, which is significant considering they post a 9-0-1 record following a loss. They have yet to lose back-to-back games in regulation and they intend to keep it that way. Mason Raymond is expected to return to the lineup after missing a month and a half with a shoulder injury. Raymond will be looking to show the Leafs what they missed out on, after not resigning him during the off-season. Raymond made the Leafs roster after being invited to their camp on a tryout basis. He registered 19 goals in 2013-14. Raymond has five goals in 10 games for the Flames this season.

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