The Flames shocked the hockey world when they upset the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 3-0 shutout. The Maple Leafs looked unbeatable entering the game and Auston Matthews entered the game on a 16-game point streak. After the upset victory, the Flames hope to continue the winning ways while the Maple Leafs hope that they can rebound and remind everyone that they are the best team in the North Division.
Flames get shutout from Big Save DaveThe Calgary Flames were on a 3-game losing streak prior to the recent game against the Maple Leafs. With Jacob Markstrom being the regular goaltender, the Flames started their backup goalie in the game in David Rittich. Rittich gave the Flames a much-needed shutout performance and a big 3-0 win in the process to help save the season.
The Flames have been led all season by their top line both offensively and defensively. The team's leading goal-scorers are Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and Andrew Mangiapane who have 21 of the Flames 49 goals this season. Meanwhile, the defensive trio of Mark Giordano, Chris Tanev, and Noah Hanifin has 3.6 defensive point shares combined to help to defense on the top pairings.
Maple Leafs hope Matthews can help reboundAuston Matthews looked like he couldn't be stopped on his quest to find the back of the net, scoring 18 goals in the season thus far to lead the NHL. On Monday night, the Flames figured out how to stop him and the entire Maple Leafs offense with a 3-0 upset victory. After the rare shutout for the Leafs offense, the hope for them is to find top-line production that has made them the top team in the North Division.
The top line of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and Joe Thornton has looked incredible this season, scoring 30 goals this season. John Tavares meanwhile, leads the second line of scoring, with 6 goals this season to add depth to a team that is scoring 3.6 goals per game. The defense meanwhile, is led by two excellent pairings in TJ Brodie and Jake Muzzin plus the pairing of Zach Bogosian and Morgan Reilly, with each pairing contributing more than 2.0 defensive point shares. In addition, Fredrik Anderson has been a mainstay in goal but after an injury scratched him from the recent game, we can expect a healthy and ready Anderson in the net.