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


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


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


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


”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


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


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.