The NHL has twelve games littering the board for Tuesday night. One of the games will be between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche. The Maple Leafs have been a force to be reckoned with this season. Colorado had a strong start, but have stumbled in the standings as of late. This game is set to begin at 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The Maple Leafs have been off to a fast start this season, earning the second seed in the Atlantic Division with a record of 34-18-3. Toronto is coming off a loss against the New York Rangers, which ended a four-game winning streak. The Maple Leafs will look to start a fresh winning streak with a win against the slumping Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Colorado has fallen out of the playoff picture with a record of 22-22-11 this season. The Avalanche are sitting in sixth place of the Central Division. Colorado is only four points back from that final wild card spot though. The Avalanche have lost eight games in a row and seventeen of their last twenty games. Colorado needs to turn this around with a win if they want to stay in the playoff race in the Western Conference.
Tuesday night’s matchup between the Maple Leafs and the Avalanche will be the second and final game of the season series. While Colorado has struggled a lot recently, they are still in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference. I believe that this will give some urgency for the Avalanche to turn it around before it gets too late in the season. Colorado could really use a win against a tough Toronto squad to help boost them up.
Last season the Maple Leafs and the Avalanche met up a total of two times. The first game was hosted by Colorado. The Avalanche were able to deliver their fans a hard-fought 4-3 win in overtime. The second game of the season series was hosted by Toronto. Colorado was once again able to pull off the victory with a 4-2 win on the road. Both teams went on to make the playoffs, and both teams were knocked out in the first round.
The first game of this season’s series was hosted by the Maple Leafs on January 14th. Auston Matthews had two assists to lead Toronto in points. Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, and Igor Ozhiganov all had a goal for the Maple Leafs, but it was not enough. Carl Soderberg notched a hat trick with three goals. Matt Calvert, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen all had a goal as well. The Avalanche scored two empty net goals to pull off a 6-3 win on the road.
Colorado has won three games in a row against the Maple Leafs and will look to steal another one to end their current losing streak. The Avalanche and Toronto do not meet up much in a season, which can make it difficult to get a good feel for each other. I believe that Colorado could continue to use this to their advantage to take another win against the Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs power play has been around the league average this season, scoring on 20 percent of their opportunities. I believe that with the offense that Toronto has, they should be doing a little bit better than they have been this season. The Maple Leafs penalty kill has also been around the league average, stopping opposing teams around 80.9 percent of the time.
Colorado has had a really strong power play this season. The Avalanche have been able to capitalize on 23.4 percent of their power play chances. Colorado’s penalty kill has not been doing great this season. The Avalanche have killed off their opponent’s power-play chances around 76.8 percent of the time. Colorado will need their penalty kill to step up if they want to end the losing streak.
Overall, Toronto has the better special teams’ unit with their power play and penalty kill. The Avalanche have the better power play this season, and they will look for this to help give them the necessary edge to pull off the win on Monday night. The Maple Leafs power play has struggled recently, and they will look to get it going against Colorado’s weaker penalty kill.
I believe that Frederick Anderson will start in net for the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Anderson has a record of 25-11-2 in his starts this season. He has posted a save percentage of .923 and a 2.57 GAA this season. Anderson has had a strong start this season, and he will look to put up another solid performance to end Toronto’s losing streak against the Avalanche.
Semyon Varlamov will likely get the nod in net for Colorado. Varlamov has overall had a strong season, but his numbers have dipped in the recent losing streak. He has a .906 save percentage and a GAA of 2.91. In his starts, Varlamov has a record of 13-13-8. The Avalanche will need Varlamov to put up a solid performance if they want to pull off the home upset.
Both goalies have put up some solid numbers this season, but the edge has to go to Anderson. He has a better defense in front of him though, which helps. Varlamov has found some success against Toronto in the recent matchups between these two teams. If the Maple Leafs have difficulty solving Varlamov in this game, I believe that Colorado could pull off the win at home.
The Avalanche are coming into Tuesday night’s game on a tough losing streak. Colorado has hit a rough patch recently, but I believe they could turn it around against the Maple Leafs. The Avalanche have found ways to beat Toronto in their last three games. Colorado also has a strong power play that could help give them the edge.
BetOnline has the Maple Leafs listed as a -131 against the money line. This implies that Toronto will win this game around 56.7 percent of the time. The Maple Leafs are playing really well this season, but with Colorado hosting this game, I believe they can pull off the win. The Avalanche has done well against Toronto, and I believe they keep it going with a win on Tuesday night.