Martin Jones gets in the zone before puck drop
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Leafs announce starting goalie as they look to end 4-game losing streak

Published January 18, 2024 at 2:24 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue their Western road trip tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames who are riding a four game winning streak. Rookie goalie Joseph Woll joined the team on the trip but is still a ways away from practicing, so this leaves head coach Sheldon Keefe with Martin Jones or Iyla Samsonov as his options in net for the time being.

Samsonov has not been good this year, though he did show some promising signs in his last start and, at one point, even had the fans in the stands chanting "Sam-my! Sam-my!", so there are signs of life beginning to shine through in his game after clearing waivers and spending some time with the organization's development staff during his short AHL assignment.

Jones, on the other hand, has been tasked with a heavy workload starting in eight of the last nine games. Fatigue might be having an effect, as his play has taken a dip recently with the BC native allowing at least three goals in his last three starts, all loses.

Many felt as though Samsonov would draw in on Thursday in Calgary in hopes of building on his performance against Detroit on Sunday. That will not be the case, as Martin Jones was the first goalie off the ice at practice this afternoon, indicating that he'll draw in against the Flames.

The Leafs will be in tough trying to slow down a surging Flames team who is averaging four goals a game during their four game winning streak, but hopefully Jones is up to the task tonight.
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Leafs announce starting goalie as they look to end 4-game losing streak

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