The crazy timing of Brian Burke’s arrival in Toronto for this game is that it comes amid a collapse similar to the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ in 2011-12 (but worse) and he may hear chants for another coach he hired’s head if this game goes poorly for the home team.
For the Leafs, this is about a salvaging a little bit of pride on home ice and keeping the wolves at bay. An early deficit for the Leafs in this one and it could get ugly inside the ACC.
The Flames have not been an easy out for their opponents, typically. For all they lack in roster talent, Bob Hartley expects a hard-work effort and he gets it most nights. The Flames will be coming in far looser, with nothing to play for (Leafs technically still have a chance at the playoffs), while the Leafs will be gripping their sticks in fear.
Who isn’t predicting goals from Stajan and Colborne in this game?