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Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario Attendance: 18,989
Maple Leafs host Flames minus Matthews
Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs
- The Flames lost to the Capitals, 4-3 in a shootout, in Calgary on Saturday. It was their sixth consecutive shootout loss, dating back to December 6, 2017 in Toronto, the longest active streak in the NHL.
- The Maple Leafs used a three-goal third period to come back from a two-goal deficit and defeat the Jets, 3-2, in Toronto on Saturday. That was just the third time Toronto has erased a two-plus goal deficit entering the third period and won in regulation since the 2004 lockout (Last time: January 20, 2018 at Ott)
- Elias Lindholm potted his team-leading seventh goal against the Caps. He is averaging 20:11 of ice time for the Flames, two minutes more than he averaged in any season for the Canes, and his 10 points this season are tied for the fifth most among skaters who switched teams this offseason.
- Kasperi Kapanen scored the game-winning goal against the Jets, the second of his career. Kapanen is third on the team in goals (six) and he has any many points (10) in 11 games this season as he had tallied in 55 career games before this season.
- Auston Matthews left the game against Winnipeg with a shoulder injury which is expected to keep him at least four weeks. Last season, the Maple Leafs went 11-7-2 (.600) with Matthews out of the lineup. Mitchell Marner had 24 points (7 goals and 17 assists) while Matthews was on the shelf.
- The Maple Leafs are 22-2-0-2 (.885) at home against the Flames since January 1, 1993, the fourth-best mark by any team at home to any opponent over that span (min. five games played). The Flames last win in Toronto came on January 15, 2011, 2-1 via shootout.
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TORONTO - When the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames meet Monday night, each team will be coming off games on Saturday that contained both good and bad news.
The Maple Leafs scored three third-period goals - including two 26 seconds apart late in the game - to come back and defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Saturday.
Early in the second period, however, center Auston Matthews left the game with a shoulder injury after a hard check near the Jets' goal from Jacob Trouba.
Matthews, who has 10 goals and six assists, will miss the game Monday at the Scotiabank Arena. By then coach Mike Babcock said more will be known about the extent of the injury.
"He won't be playing on Monday," Babcock said. "We'll know more at that time."
The Flames, who lost 9-1 at home Thursday to the Pittsburgh Penguins, were happier with the way they played Saturday against the Washington Capitals. The bad news is that they lost 4-3 in a shootout and are winless in three games.
"Any time you get embarrassed like (Thursday), it shows a lot about the character of this group when you play against the best team in the league and are right there, one bounce away from beating them," Flames goaltender Mike Smith said. "Obviously, we still want to push forward. We don't want to get complacent, but it's definitely a great sign."
The game Monday is the opener of a quick two-game trip for the Flames (5-5-1), who visit the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs (8-3-0) have had success playing without Matthews before. Last season, they were 11-7-2 when he missed 20 games with three injuries over the season, including one to his right shoulder. Babcock said the current injury is to the other shoulder.
"Obviously, he's a big part of our team and hopefully it's not severe but everyone did a good job picking up the slack," said Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri, who scored Toronto's first goal to start the comeback against the Jets. "We're a tight-knit group, we understand he is special talent that went down but at the same time we have a lot of good players in here who can play well together and step up and meet the challenge."
Kadri was reunited with Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau after Matthews was injured.
"We didn't have anything going," Babcock said. "We needed a change, we knew that had worked in the past. ...We'll look at it here (Sunday), we'll look at the game and figure out what direction we want to go."
"It's tough to lose one of your best players but you've just got to keep playing and move on," said Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, who scored the tying goal in his 500th game Saturday.
Kasperi Kapanen, who opened the game on a line with Matthews and Marleau, scored the winning goal Saturday at 17:15 of the third.
The Flames had some late-game heroics to salvage a point on Saturday against last season's Stanley Cup champions when Matthew Tkachuk tied the game with a goal at 18:33 of the third period after Smith had been replaced by an extra attacker.
"I thought we worked real hard," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "That's probably the hardest we've worked, from start to finish, as a group."
"On any given night, if we're playing another team, maybe we get the two points," Tkachuk said.
Updated October 29, 2018