SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. End of the line -- Do the Flames want to go home with a winning record or simply go home? Tonight's clash is the seventh and final game of their road trip, and they've won three and lost three so far. They'll take a 4-3-0 mark at this point, especially after losing games to both the Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes.

2. Olli cow -- Think the Flames were banking on Olli Jokinen being a goal-per-game player after landing him at the trade deadline? That's what he's been through his first five games in a Flames sweater, plus he scored the shootout winner in Detroit. Jokinen has given the club yet another scoring option since his arrival.

3. How much fight Do the Leafs have? -- It didn't show on the scoreboard, but it did show on the ice and after the game when the Buds lost to Tampa. Toronto has struggled, but isn't going down without swinging. After the loss, the team had a closed-door meeting for 15 minutes to remind themselves it's important to give honest efforts through the final 14 games.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

LW Michael Cammalleri -- Through the first six games of this road swing, the team's leading goal-scorer has lit the lamp just once. He does, however, have six assists. The product of Richmond Hill, Ont., is as close as can be to home, so facing the Maple Leafs will bring a little more excitement to his game. Cammalleri has played his hometown team only twice in his career and has not registered a point.

LEAFS

LW Jason Blake -- Because of injuries and trades, the Maple Leafs have nowhere near the firepower in the their lineup that Calgary boasts. In fact, the only player with more than 20 goals for Toronto is Blake. After a slow start to the season, Blake -- who has 22 goals -- went on a tear for more than a month but has now gone 10 games without a tally. Part of the problem is linemate Dominic Moore was traded to the Buffalo Sabres.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

Calgary's players were given yesterday off, nixing a practice scheduled for the afternoon ... The Flames are the second best team in the league when allowing the first goal. Calgary has put up a 16-16-1 mark in games they've trailed 1-0, behind only the Boston Bruins (16-8-5) ... By killing all of the three five-on-three shorthanded situations in Thursday's game in Detroit, the Flames have an impressive 90% kill rate on the road when down two men. Calgary has allowed only two goals over 20 situations when they're defending a five-on-three. Oddly enough, the Flames are only 50% at home (3-for-6) ... Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff will record the 200th victory of his career with his next win. Of his 199 so far, 185 are with the Flames ... His next assist will put RW Jarome Iginla even with Gary Suter for third spot on the Flames all-time assist list with No. 437, behind Al MacInnis (609) and Theoren Fleury (460) ... Eight of the Leafs' last dozen games have gone into overtime. They're 4-4 in those extra sessions ... Remember all the criticism of the Leafs for not integrating enough rookies into their team years ago? They're starting to make up for it now. This season, fans in Toronto have seen nine players make their NHL debut: D Luke Schenn, C John Mitchell, LW Nikolai Kulemin, D Jonas Frogren, C Andre Deveaux, D Jaime Sifers, RW Tim Stapleton and D Phil Oreskovic, plus former Calgary Hitmen star G Justin Pogge, All told, the Leafs have had rookies play more than 300 man-games. By comparison, the Flames have had six players make their NHL debut this season and amassed 72 games from players eligible for the Calder Trophy, 50 of those going to D Adam Pardy. That doesn't count C Warren Peters, who is too old to be an official rookie and played eight games ... Tonight's clash pits the two active coaches with the most wins. Calgary's Mike Keenan has 666 regular-season Ws under his belt, while Toronto's Ron Wilson has 545.


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