SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. Not so special: When the Flames were rolling their way to a six-game winning streak, it was in large part because of their spectacular special-teams play. It's been a different squad in losing four of their last five games. A power outage on the powerplay should have people worried. Two goals in the four games, even with 23 opportunities, isn't good enough.

2. Former Sharks Finns: Vesa Toskala and Miikka Kiprusoff are great friends from their days as backup goaltenders with the San Jose Sharks. Their numbers seem similarly average so far, but Toskala has been phenomenal against the Flames, posting a 2-1 record with a 1.67 GAA and .948 save percentage in three games, all with the Sharks.

3. Foreign legion: The Leafs' second line has been deadly lately, presenting big challenges for the opposition's second and third-pairing defencemen. C Mikhail Grabovski (Belarus), LW Niklas Hagman (Finland) and RW Nikolai Kulemin (Russia) have connected for 19 points in the last four games. Grabovski is 24, Kulemin only 22, and Hagman will turn 29 next month.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

LW Brandon Prust isn't a big guy, generously listed at 5-foot-11 and 195 lb., but he's quick to defend his teammates.

Nobody is endorsing fighting just for the sake of fighting, but his game has been the most exciting to watch recently as the rest of the team struggles to find energy.

While most 'hot' streaks involve goals and assists, the hard-working Prust has had five scraps in five games.

LEAFS

C Mikhail Grabovski is on fire. The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder, drafted 150th overall in the fifth round by the Montreal Canadiens in 2004, has potted six goals in four games and racked up eight points in that streak.

The German-born 24-year-old from Belarus was discovered late and then discarded by the Canadiens, but he's making up for it now that he's found a home in a Toronto uniform.

COMING IN

The Flames lost a snoozer 3-1 to the Blue Jackets in Columbus Saturday night and followed up with with an even worse outing Sunday in a 6-1 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago.

The Maple Leafs are coming off a big 6-3 win at home against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

They've met just twice since the lockout, with each team earning a one-goal victory. The Leafs claimed a 5-4 win in overtime in their last meeting in Toronto two seasons ago. Calgary holds the all-time edge with a 53-52-12-1 record.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 19.8% (17-86, 9th); Toronto 20.8% (15-72, 7th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84.2% (9th); Toronto 72.6% (30th).

INJURIES

CALGARY -- C Matthew Lombardi (shoulder) is day-to-day. D Rhett Warrener (shoulder) is out.

TORONTO -- D Mike Van Ryn (head) is out.

DID YOU KNOW

Forbes Magazine lists the Maple Leafs as the NHL's most valuable franchise at US$448 million. The Flames are ranked 15th at $203 million.


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