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The Flames have won two in a row and in a North Division matchup play host to a Maple Leafs team that has won three of their last four games.
After six games the Leafs are tied with the Montreal Canadiens atop the North Division. The team has won three of four games and while the defense was the issue for the squad last season this season they have played good D and have given up eight goals in their last four games.
After losing their season opener the Flames have rebounded and have won their last two games. They outscored the Vancouver Canucks 8-2 in their last two games beating them and their D was solid in those two games. Calgary has won both of their home games on the young season and on home ice they have won eight of their last 11 games facing the Maple Leafs.
Coming up Clutch
In their last game the Leafs were at home and beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 where they scored with 8:14 to break a 2-2 tie and then scored an empty net just before time expired. Four different players scored for Toronto in the win and Adam Brooks and John Tavares each lit the lamp on the power play.
Frederik Andersen (3-2 2.81 GAA) was in between the pipes for the last game giving up two goals on 32 shots. After giving up nine goals in his first two starts he has only allowed five in his last three. Andersen has started five of the six game for the Leafs and Jack Campbell, who won his only start stopping 17 of 19 shots in a 3-2 win over the Senators, may get the call for this game.
Mitchell Marner is tied for the league lead with eight points and ranks second with four goals and has four goals and three assists over his last four games. John Tavares also has four goals and Auston Mathews, William Nylander, and Jimmy Vesey each have two goals.
Pouring It On After the First Period
The Flames were on the road in their last game beating the Canucks 5-2 where they gave up a goal in the first period but after that outscored Vancouver 5-1. Five players lit the lamp in the win and Elias Lindholm and Mark Giordano each scored on the power play. Calgary outshot Vancouver 32-27 and they held the Canucks scoreless on their four power play chances.
Jacob Markstrom (2-0-1 1.99 GAA) stopped 25 of 27 shots in the last game and pitched a shutout in his previous start while giving up four goals in his the season debut. He has tarted every game and David Rittich may get his first start of the season in this game.
Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with four points and he, Elias Lindholm, and Matthew Tkachuk all have two goals.
The Calgary Flames are:
- 5-2 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 23-11 in their last 34 Sunday games
The Toronto Maple Leafs are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games
- 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win
- 0-8 in their last 8 Sunday games
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Maple Leafs have only one road win this season and that was facing a Senators team that had the second-fewest points in the league last season. The Flames have looked great in their last two games where they have scored eight goals and only given up two. I look for the Flames to play well on home ice in this one and keep up their dominance over the Leafs at home where they have won eight of their last 11 games facing them. Toronto is confident but Calgary will put those flames out, no pun intended, in winning this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams may play backup goalies in this game and because of that I am leaning towards the Over. The Leafs have played solid on the attack for the season and the Flames scored five goals in their last game and have totaled eight of them in their last two games. In the last nine games between these teams in Calgary the Over record is 6-2-1 and I am sticking with that trend. I look for both teams score multiple goals, which is why the Over is the good pick for this Sunday afternoon affair.
Over 6.5 goals