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Calgary tries for sixth win in seven games; Toronto forward Marner looks to extend point streak to nine

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (25-18-5) at MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-6)

7 p.m. ET; TSN4, SNW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames will try for their sixth win in seven games when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

The Flames play the second of a three-game road trip after a 2-0 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday ended a five-game winning streak.

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner will try to extend his point streak to nine games. He has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past eight, a streak tied with Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane for the longest active run in the NHL.


Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"At home we were playing well there and it kind of slipped away in Montreal, so this is a game where we want to bounce back, create our chances ourselves and have a big one. They've got a skilled team and we know that. You don't want to give them room with the puck. Matthews, Tavares, Marner, guys like that, we have to pay attention when they're on the ice." -- Flames forward Sean Monahan

"It's sports. When you can bring emotion into your game, it makes your game better. We're no different than most teams but it definitely helps us. Being a skilled offensive team, when the passion comes into our game, I think we play our best hockey." -- Maple Leafs center Jason Spezza


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Mikael Backlund

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Zac Rinaldo -- Tobias Rieder -- Sam Bennett

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Michael Stone, Alexander Yelesin, Mark Jankowski

Injured: Juuso Valimaki (knee)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Pierre Engvall -- John Tavares -- William Nylander

Andreas Johnsson -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen

Dmytro Timashov -- Jason Spezza -- Frederik Gauthier

Martin Marincin -- Tyson Barrie

Travis Dermott -- Justin Holl

Rasmus Sandin -- Cody Ceci

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Adam Brooks, Timothy Liljegren

Injured: Trevor Moore (concussion), Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Jake Muzzin (foot), Morgan Rielly (fractured foot)


Status report

Flames coach Geoff Ward said he is considering one or two lineup changes but will not decide until before the game. ... Muzzin began skating Wednesday and is a possibility to return after the All-Star break. The defenseman hasn't played since Dec. 27.


Stat pack

Monahan is one point from 400 in the NHL. ... Toronto has scored at least four goals in 12 of its past 14 games.

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