Toronto (6-5-4) at Calgary (8-7-1), 9:30 pm EDT
CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have
transformed into one of the most exciting teams in the league,
and their top line is a major reason why.
Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman and Nikolai Kulemin hope to
continue their recent success when the Maple Leafs visit the
struggling Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Grabovski has six goals and two assists in the last four games,
teaming with Hagman and Kulemin to form one of the most
offensively charged lines in all of hockey. Grabovski’s surge
has come as quite a surprise to Toronto since he had only one
goal in his first 11 games this season.
The Maple Leafs have scored 27 times over the last six games and
their prowess was evident again in their 6-3 victory over the
Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Their final home game before beginning this three-game road
trip, the Leafs received plenty of support from their trio.
Grabovski had a goal, Hagman had two and Kumelin added an assist
as they snapped a three-game skid.
Toronto has outshot its opponents in 11 consecutive games and
has at least 35 shots in eight of its last nine.
But while its offense is clicking on all cylinders, a defensive
cog was lost in the win over the Canadiens. Montreal right wing
Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended three games for a hit from
behind on Toronto defenseman Mike Van Ryn, who is expected to
miss a month after suffering a concussion, broken nose and
Meanwhile, Calgary has dropped two straight and four of its last
five because of several defensive lapses. Goaltender Miikka
Kiprusoff has surrendered six goals in each of his last two
contests, and the Flames have yielded at least three goals in
their last five.
The Flames return home after falling 6-1 against the Chicago
Blackhawks on Sunday – one night after falling, 3-1, to the
Columbus Blue Jackets.
Leading the team with nine goals, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla
has seven goals and seven assists in 16 career home games
against the Leafs.