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Maple Leafs at Flames preview

Andersen in goal for Toronto, which begins road trip at Calgary

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (15-9-1) at FLAMES (13-9-1)

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

 

The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs begin a three-game Western Canada road trip when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Frederik Andersen is expected to make his 22nd start for the Maple Leafs, who are 1-2-1 in their past four games. Andersen is 6-1-1 with 14 goals against and two shutouts in his past eight starts, and has held opponents to two goals or fewer in six of his past seven starts.

Mike Smith (11-7-1, 2.64 goals-against average, .922 save percentage) will make his 21st start for the Flames, who begin a four-game homestand. They are 1-1-1 in their past three games after going 4-1-0.

 

Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has 10 points (five goals, five assists), and has been held without a point once in his past 10 games.

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has nine goals and 22 points in his past 13 games, and is tied for second in NHL scoring with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists).

 

They said it

"I think the teams are pretty much comparable. A lot of firepower up front with a lot of great 'D' back, so it's just a patience game tonight, and making sure when you get the chance, you're burying them." -- Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner

 

"I think we have another level we can go to. We, as a team, think we can be a little bit better at times. I think this is a good test for us, a pretty skilled team up front that will test our defensive habits a little bit more here." -- Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Connor Brown

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- William Nylander

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Josh Leivo, Nikita Soshnikov, Connor Carrick

Injured: None

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Jaromir Jagr

Freddie Hamilton -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

David Rittich

Scratched: Curtis Lazar, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: Kris Versteeg (lower body)

 

Status report

The Flames held an optional skate Tuesday. … Flames coach Glen Gulutzan didn't have an update on Versteeg, who will miss his second straight game.

 

Stat pack

Van Riemsdyk has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past eight games. ... Marleau is two points from 1,100 in his NHL career. … Monahan has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past five games. ... Ferland has seven goals and three assists in his past 10 games

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