It was a tough-luck loser for us on the Flames this past Sunday, but the same matchup will unfold once again on Tuesday evening as the Leafs take on Calgary in the famous Saddledome.
Though it was a short rest game for Toronto and Calgary was coming off of five-days removed from game action, the Leafs jumped on the Flames early. Perhaps it was some early-season rust, though Calgary did make up for it in the latter stages of the contest. In fact, they controlled much of the third period, and were unlucky not to tie the game. Toronto’s backup goalie, Jack Campbell, was stellar in goal.
With points already at a premium, you can bet the Flames won’t want to lose two in a row to a Leafs squad they’ll likely be battling with for much of the season atop the North Division. Expect the Flames to place a real emphasis on this contest, and we should expect to see both Dillon Dube back from injury, and Jacob Markstrom returning to start in goal.
For the Leafs, they’ll continue to manage injuries and fatigue – it’s been a hectic start to the season for the Buds, and some absences from a thinning lineup haven’t helped. Jason Spezza will be rested on Tuesday evening, and Frederik Andersen will return to start in net. Look for Joey Anderson to make his Leafs debut up front.
With all that’s already on the line, we should see a pretty intense contest come Tuesday evening in Calgary. Some bad blood was brewing between these squads in the latter stages of Sunday’s matinee affair, and don’t be shocked to see that carry over tonight. For more detail, team news, and our betting prediction, keep reading beneath the posted odds for our take on Toronto vs. Calgary in NHL action.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames Betting Odds:
Toronto Maple Leafs (-110)
@ Calgary Flames (-110)
Over 6.5 (+100)
Under 6.5 (-120)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames Pick:
While the Flames didn’t come through for us on Sunday, there was a lot of reason to like their game. They controlled the puck very well in the latter stages of that contest, and likely deserved a better result.
Calgary ended up controlling 55% of the even-strength shots and scoring chances, and had it not been for Jack Campbell making some absurd saves in the late stages, this is definitely a game that could have seen some overtime.
The Flames were very successful at limiting the top lines of Toronto, centred by Auston Matthews and John Tavares. Head coach Geoff Ward brilliantly used his last change to get key personnel out against Toronto’s top-six group, and then feasted on Toronto’s depleted bottom-six forward corps.
Calgary should also receive a bit of a boost to their scoring and physicality punch, as Dillon Dube is likely poised to return from a lower-body injury. The young Canadian winger offers a real nice blend of speed and physicality and should be a menace for the Leafs on the cycle – an area they struggled to contend with in long spurts on Sunday.
This is a Toronto team that enters with a 5-2 record to date, but still have yet to show any of their explosiveness. While they are better defensively, it seems the safety and caution they’ve implemented as a team, has really cut into their output at 5-on-5. They simply aren’t generating much right now, and it still seems like a forward group requiring amazing individual moments. Against a solid defensive group like the Flames, and a steady goalie like Jacob Markstrom – chances are hard to come by.
With the Leafs desperately seeking some injury relief and a much-needed rest, expect a hungrier Flames squad to avenge Sunday’s disappointing defeat. The Flames know the formula for success against a skilled Toronto team, and should be able to utilize a full-lineup to their advantage. Go back with Calgary on Tuesday evening at a generous pick’em price.