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Saturday, March 14th (All times eastern)

Calgary Flames (40-22-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (27-29-13), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames will aim for their first victory in Toronto since 2000, as they visit the Maple Leafs tonight and Air Canada Centre.

The Flames haven't posted a victory in Toronto since December 16, 2000. They have lost three straight there since that win, including a 5-4 overtime setback at ACC on October 14, 2006. Calgary has lost 13 of its last 14 trips to Toronto as well.

However, the Flames notched a 4-3 home win over the Maple Leafs on November 11 of this year, their fourth win in the last six meetings in the series.

Calgary ends a seven-game road trip tonight and had lost three straight on the trek prior to Thursday's 6-5 shootout win over Detroit. Olli Jokinen scored twice in regulation to give him five goals in five games since coming over from Phoenix in a deadline-day deal, and then had the winner in the shootout.

Jamie Lundmark posted two goals and an assist for the Northwest Division- leading Flames, who improved to 3-3-0 on the trek and 18-14-2 overall as the guest this year. Daymond Langkow also scored in just his second game back from a hand injury that had sidelined him since February 17.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 40 saves to earn his league-leading 40th win of the season. He is 2-1-1 in his career versus the Maple Leafs with a 2.99 goals against average.

The Maple Leafs were last in action on Thursday and were handed a 4-1 loss by Tampa Bay. Martin Gerber saved 26-of-30 shots faced and has now split his four starts with Toronto since being claimed off waivers from Ottawa at the trade deadline.

Lee Stempniak scored the lone goal just 3:21 into the contest for Toronto, which is 11 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto plays the finale of a three-game homestand tonight and has lost six of its last eight as the host. The Maple Leafs are 12-13-9 as the home team this year.

03/14 10:46:25 ET


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