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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames are still out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but they're making a strong push to be among the top eight teams.

The Toronto Maple Leafs might fall out of the race in the East if they don't improve their play.

Calgary looks to extend its season-high point streak to six on Tuesday night when it goes for its seventh consecutive home win over the Maple Leafs.

On the heels of eighth-place Phoenix, the Flames (26-22-8) are looking to build off Saturday's 3-2 shootout victory over Northwest Division-leading Vancouver. Captain Jarome Iginla netted the winning goal in the tiebreaker to push the team's record to 3-0-2 since its last regulation loss.

"It's an important point, but more than that, it's amazing how different it feels when you win the shootout to when you lose the shootout," Iginla said.

The Flames' last six-game stretch with at least one point came during an 8-0-2 run from Jan. 21-Feb. 11, 2011.

Calgary had its four-game winning streak over the Maple Leafs snapped with a 3-2 loss in Toronto on Oct. 15. The Flames, though, are undefeated at home in this series since a 4-3 defeat on Dec. 27, 2002.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves on Oct. 15 after going 6-0-1 with a 2.57 goals-against average in his previous eight starts against the Maple Leafs.

Kiprusoff has a 1.50 GAA while winning four home starts in this matchup. He needs one win to tie Turk Broda for 25th all-time with 302.

"Hopefully he has 301 after tomorrow," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said following Monday's practice.

Wilson wouldn't commit to Jonas Gustavsson or James Reimer as the team prepares for a three-game swing through Western Canada, but he could be leaning toward having Gustavsson in net.

Reimer, who turned aside 30 shots on Oct. 15 in his first appearance versus Calgary, has allowed 11 goals in his last three starts. He surrendered four in the second period and the Maple Leafs (28-22-6) were booed loudly during their third straight loss, 5-0 at home to Montreal on Saturday.

"It didn't go our way the last couple of games, but we'll bounce back," said Wilson, whose team leads ninth-place Washington by one point.

Toronto, which is trying to avoid its first four-game skid since 0-3-1 slide from Nov. 26-Dec. 2, could have a new look Tuesday after Wilson mixed up the lines on Monday to ignite an offense that has four goals in three games.

Phil Kessel, who had two goals and an assist on Oct. 15, skated with Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak, while Mikhail Grabovski was on the same line with Tim Connolly and Clarke MacArthur.

With Mikael Backlund suffering an upper-body injury Saturday that could sideline him for 4-6 weeks, Flames coach Brent Sutter will have left wing Michael Cammalleri at center.

"It was something he brought to me a couple of days ago - if something happens, if we need somewhere there, he will certainly play. I'm very comfortable with that," Sutter told the Flames' official website.

The Maple Leafs could be without defenseman Carl Gunnarsson after he was helped off the ice Monday following a collision with Jay Rosehill.

That could be a significant loss for a team that's allowed 11 goals during its slide. Toronto surrendered 10 during a season-best 5-0-1 run that preceded this stretch.

Calgary goes for a third straight home win after scoring twice during a three-game skid at Scotiabank Saddledome.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 14 '12 TOR 1 at CGY 5 O. Jokinen
Oct 15 '11 CGY 2 at TOR 3 P. Kessel
P. Kessel57303161+51465
J. Lupul57223759+54263
M. Grabovski51182139+51641
T. Bozak48132235+52041
D. Phaneuf5782533-46160
C. MacArthur50171330+32434
T. Connolly4571825-12422
N. Kulemin5751823+2611
J. Liles4141721-21220
L. Schenn5621517+73900
J. Gardiner5021517+71800
J. Crabb468816+12403
C. Franson4241216-11820
C. Gunnarsson5521416+31800
M. Lombardi396612-8602
M. Frattin375510+21601
D. Steckel54718-5810
N. Kadri19426+3811
M. Komisarek28134-13000
J. Colborne9134+1200
M. Brown35123-34500
D. Boyce13112-11401
C. Orr5101+1500
K. Aulie15011-31600
C. Armstrong14011-6400
P. Dupuis30000-21600
J. Rosehill16000-22100
J. Gustavsson3116-12-1818652.83.906
J. Reimer2310-7-4626612.87.906
B. Scrivens82-4-1212192.96.904
O. Jokinen57183048+44063
J. Iginla57222446-33054
C. Glencross45181533-42462
A. Tanguay4172431+32201
M. Cammalleri50121527-121632
L. Stempniak51121224-11412
J. Bouwmeester5741822-101821
R. Bourque3813316-34131
M. Giordano364913+23420
C. Butler5721113-33000
T. Brodie4321012-11212
B. Comeau534711-132000
M. Backlund414711-131622
B. Morrison284711-1600
R. Horak443710+41401
D. Smith322810+21201
S. Hannan53189-61800
T. Kostopoulos56358-124811
B. Jones35347-21601
T. Jackman57167-177100
M. Stajan36156-92100
D. Moss15145+1600
A. Babchuk17055+1200
P. Byron19314+3201
N. Hagman8134+3211
C. Sarich41123-45200
L. Bouma14112+1900
K. Kolanos6000+1200
J. Piskula5000-5200
P. Letourneau-Leblond3000+11000
C. Wilson2000+0200
G. Nemisz2000+0000
B. Carson2000-2000
R. Ivanans1000-1000
M. Kiprusoff4926-17-410813932.27.922
L. Irving51-1-3151763.26.915
H. Karlsson60-4-1181723.48.895