Date: Tuesday October 8, 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
TV Channel: TSN; RDS2
The Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the Colorado Avalanche for the first time in nearly two years on Tuesday night. The teams last met on Octover 17, 2011, when Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves to lead the Avs to a 3-2 in overtime victory at the ACC.
First overall pick Nathan MacKinnon makes his first appearance north of the border in an NHL uniform, he is looking to continue the solid, but goaless start to his NHL career that has seen him tally three assists in his first two games with the Avalanche.
Patrick Roy takes his unblemished coaching record into Toronto, as a battle of unbeaten teams will see someone with their first tick in the loss column when everything is said and done.
Both teams have been perfect thus far as far as results go, but neither is dominating quite like their records suggest. Colorado currently sits 15th in the NHL in Corsi for % at 50.5%, while the Leafs are 27th with a woeful 43.3%. With just 5 games total between the two teams, the samples for these statistics are woefully small and essentially meaningless, however with the way these teams struggled with possession last season, it is something to note.
Johnathan Bernier will get the start for the Maple Leafs as he looks to take an early lead in the Maple Leafs goaltending battle after James Reimer faltered Saturday night against the Senators and allowed Bernier to step in and play hero. After Reimer gave up 4 goals, Bernier shut down the Senators and allowed the Leafs to comeback for a shootout victory against their Ontario rivals.
We see Patrick Roy lose his mind for the second time in 3 games as a Toronto face puncher does something stupid, and the Leafs pull out a victory thanks to a Semyon Varlamov meltdown, which 3 games in the season is way over due. 5-2 Maple Leafs