Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames – 4/3/2019 – Game Preview

Toronto Maple Leafs (40-21-4 84pts) v. Calgary Flames (41-17-7 89pts)

 

Time: 9p EST

Station: SportsNet West, TSN4

 

Preview:

The Toronto Maple Leafs hit the road again to play one of the best teams in the West, the Calgary Flames. The Flames are boasting one of the best scorers in the league with Johnny Gaudreau and a Norris trophy candidate in Mark Giordano. The Leafs will look to bring their High Octane offense to Calgary and outscore the Flames with Mitch Marner leading the way scoring wise and a Norris candidate of their own in Morgan Rielly. Should be a really interesting and intense game. The Goalie matchup should be Mike Smith vs Frederik Andersen.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –78 points (23 goals 55 assists)
John Tavares – 71 points (37 goals 34 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 62 points (16 goals 46 assists)
Auston Matthews – 60 points (30 goals 30 assists) 52% on Face-offs

Johnny Gaudreau – 83 points (30 goals 53 assists)
Elias Lindholm –72 points (26 goals 46 assists)
Sean Monahan – 70 points (30 goals 40 assists)
Matthew Tkachuk  –61 points (25 goals 36 assists)

Frederik Andersen
31-13-3 2.58GAA .923SV%

Mike Smith
19-12-2 2.92GAA .895SV%

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Projected Lineup:

Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Tyler Ennis – Frederik Gauthier – Trevor Moore

 

Morgan Rielly  – Ron Hainsey

Jake Muzzin – Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin – Igor Ozhiganov

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

 

Scratched: none

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Jake Gardiner (Back) and Travis Dermott (Shoulder)

Suspension: None

 

Flames:

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan– Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund –Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett – Mark Jankowski – Austin Czarnik

Andrew Mangiapane – Derek Ryan – Garnet Hathaway

 

Mark Giordano – TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin – Travis Hamonic

Oscar Fantenberg – Rasmus Andersson

 

Mike Smith

David Rittich

 

Scratched: None

Injuries: Michael Stone, Olivier Kylington, James Neal

Suspension: None

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Play tough against the top line of Calgary

  • Don’t give them any room to maneuver, because they will make you pay on the scoreboard

2. Matthews, Johnsson, and Kapanen need to be an impact

  • These 3 need to have an impact on this game with Tavares, Marner, and Hyman checking the top line these three will need to play big. Which I fully expect them too.

3. Top 4 Defencemen need to be good

  • Muzzin, Rielly, Hainsey, Zaitsev.  Need to step up and be solid!

 

 

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