The Leafs may not want to come home after their game against Calgary on Saturday night. That's because Toronto is undefeated in its four games on the road. After wins in Edmonton on Tuesday and a 6-5 thriller against Vancouver on Thursday, the Leafs are 3-0-1-0 on the road this year.
There isn't a hotter Leaf right now than forward Shayne Corson. The Barrie Ont., native has scored three goals in his last two games and is enjoying a healthy season. Corson revealed this week in a Sports Illustrated article that he had severe panic attacks throughout last season.
"I'm feeling a lot better now that everyone has found out over the last couple of days," Corson said. "Things are going well and we're on a bit of a roll."
Some former Flames will make their return to Calgary. Gary Roberts and Robert Reichel played for the Flames in the early 1990s. Roberts was drafted 12th overall by the Flames in 1984 and helped them win their lone Stanley Cup in 1989. Calgary originally selected Reichel 70th overall in 1989. However, Reichel didn't start playing with the Flames until the 1990-91 season.
Calgary is off to a surprisingly fast start considering their offseason moves. They traded their best offensive player in Valeri Bure to Florida and acquired goaltender Roman Turek from St. Louis. Turek had a terrible playoff in which he was blamed for the Blues' failure to get by the Avalanche in the second round. Turek's poor play convinced the Blues that he wasn't the goaltender of the future for them so he was sent to Calgary.
All Turek has done so far is have two shutouts in his first three games and was named the first Player of the Week by the NHL for the season. Turek has an impressive 1.32 goals against average and is making GM Craig Button look good for taking a chance on him.
The Flames aren't a big offensive powerhouse, but they do have one of the best young defenceman playing for them. Derek Morris leads the team with five assists and has a bright future.