Flames-Maple Leafs Preview

Last month’s matchup between the Flames and Maple Leafs was most
notable because of Dion Phaneuf’s return to Calgary.

Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman’s return to Toronto won’t draw
quite the same attention.

The Maple Leafs will try to regain the momentum from a recent
four-game winning streak Saturday night when they face the
Flames.

Phaneuf was the centerpiece of a blockbuster seven-player trade
on Jan. 31 that saw the Maple Leafs land one of the league’s top
defensemen. Stajan and Hagman are the only two players the Flames
received still with the team.

Phaneuf went back to Calgary as a member of the Maple Leafs for
the first time Dec. 16, and was held without a point in a 5-2
loss.

Hagman had a goal and an assist for the Flames.

“Obviously, I wanted to win, too. I wanted to play well against
my old team and show them that I can still play,” said Hagman, who
scored 42 goals in 120 games with Toronto.

Stajan spent 5 1/2 seasons with the Leafs, finishing 2009-10
with a career-high 57 points.

“It’s obviously nice beating the blue and white where I was for
so long,” Stajan said.

Phaneuf, who missed more than a month earlier this season with a
leg laceration, has one goal and three assists in 16 games since
returning.

Toronto (18-21-4) had its season high-tying four-game winning
streak snapped with a 5-1 loss at Phoenix on Thursday as rookie
James Reimer allowed four goals on 20 shots in his worst game. He
was returned to the AHL on Friday.

The Maple Leafs were held to one meaningless late third-period
goal after averaging 5.5 during their four-game run. Toronto has
allowed the opposition to score first in four straight games.

Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski were both cooled off by the
Coyotes. Kessel had his four-game goal streak stopped, while
Grabovski’s five-game point streak was halted.

Saturday could see the return of Jean-Sebastien Giguere,
sidelined since injuring his groin in the loss at Calgary. Giguere
is 6-2-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average in his last eight starts
against the Flames.

Calgary (19-20-5) rebounded from two straight shootout losses
and ended a four-game skid with a 3-2 victory at Ottawa on Friday.
David Moss scored twice and rookie Henrik Karlsson stopped 33 shots
in his second start this month.

The Flames have claimed 12 of a possible 18 points in their last
nine games.

“We’ve just got to stay with it,” said coach Brent Sutter, who
recently said he wanted his team to get four of every six available
points.

”That’s one of the goals we have is just making sure that we do
that, and take care of our short-term goals and not look at where
we’re sitting in the standings or what’s going on anywhere around
us, let’s just make sure that we take care of our own
business.”

Sutter has to decide whether to stick with Karlsson or go back
to struggling Miikka Kiprusoff, who has given up 11 goals on 56
shots in his last three games. Kiprusoff, though, has surrendered
five goals in winning his last three starts against the Maple
Leafs.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla has five goals and eight assists
during a six-game points streak versus Toronto.

Last month’s win was the Flames’ third straight against the
Maple Leafs. Calgary ended a four-game losing streak at Air Canada
Centre with a 5-2 victory Nov. 14, 2009.