NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, October 8th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of unbeaten teams take to the ice on Tuesday, as
the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Colorado Avalanche in a battle at Air Canada
The Maple Leafs have opened the season with a 3-0 mark and tonight the club
will aim for its four-game winning streak to open a season since the start of
the 2010-11 campaign.
Meanwhile, Colorado is 2-0 to begin a season for the first time since 2009-10.
The franchise hasn't won three in a row to start a campaign since the Quebec
Nordiques jumped out to a 5-0 start at the beginning of the 1994-95 season.
Of course, Colorado head coach Patrick Roy is still unbeaten in his debut
season behind the bench. It's been a great start for Roy's Avalanche, who have
scored nine goals this season while only allowing two. However, Tuesday's game
will mark the club's first road game of the season and the Avalanche were just
4-16-4 as the guest last season.
After routing the Anaheim Ducks by a 6-1 score in the season opener last week,
the Avs notched a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday. P.A.
Parenteau scored a pair of goals to help lift Colorado Avalanche to the home
"I thought we played a strong 60 minutes tonight," said Parenteau. "Our
defense had a few lapses, but we were able to stay in. It always seems our
games with Nashville are low-scoring defensive battles."
Patrick Bordeleau scored the other goal for Colorado and No. 1 overall pick
Nate MacKinnon continued his quick start, adding an assist, the rookie's third
of the season. Semyon Varlamov turned away 25 shots in the victory and the
Russian netminder will make his third start of the season on Tuesday.
Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog missed his club's second game of the season
after sustaining a leg injury in the opener, but the 2011-12 Calder Trophy
winner is expected to be in the lineup tonight.
The Avs and Leafs last met on Oct. 17, 2011, when Colorado recorded a 3-2 win
in overtime. Colorado has taken three straight and four of its past five games
in Toronto and has won four of six in this series overall.
Toronto last played on Saturday, when it overcame a two-goal deficit to beat
the visiting Ottawa Senators in a shootout. Mason Raymond and Tyler Bozak
tallied shootout goals while Jonathan Bernier turned away both shots he faced
to help the Maple Leafs secure two points in the 5-4 decision.
Bernier stopped all 15 shots he faced in regulation and overtime after taking
over between the pipes midway through the second period for James Reimer, who
yielded four goals on 21 shots.
Raymond, Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto,
which overcame a 4-2 deficit to force extra time. Lupul notched his goal 17
seconds before the second intermission and van Riemsdyk lit the lamp 2:52 into
the third frame to tie the score.
"We played in parts and we were sloppy throughout it but we still found a way
to get two points," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle remarked. "So we'll take
that and move on."
Carlyle is expected to stick with the hot hand on Tuesday and give Bernier the
start on Tuesday. The 25-year-old goaltender is 2-0 with a 0.64 goals against
average and .979 save percentage in two games, having stopped 46-of-47 shots
so far in his brief Maple Leafs career.
10/08 10:41:12 ET