|4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 14, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario Attendance: 19,248
Leafs, Avalanche look to reverse recent trends
When the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday night, it will be a contest of two teams looking to turn around their recent fortunes.
The Avalanche have lost the first three games of their five-game Canadian road swing. The Maple Leafs have lost four of their past five home games, two by shutout.
And at this stage of the season, every game counts for teams with playoff aspirations.
For the Avalanche, the key to success will be to find the net again. They lost 3-0 Saturday to the Montreal Canadiens, who scored three goals in the third period.
"Each team had a flurry here and there for the first two periods," Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said. "I don't think we were good enough with the puck to create the chances that we needed to win the hockey game. You've got to score goals if you're going to win."
The Avalanche, who are 1-7-2 in their past 10 games, could be facing Toronto's No. 1 goaltender, Frederik Andersen, who has not played since Dec. 22, a span of eight games, because of a groin injury.
Andersen said he could have returned Saturday -- a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins -- but came down with the flu. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Sunday he did not know who would be in goal.
"I don't know who is starting (Monday)," Babcock said. "I have not talked to the trainers."
Andersen was at practice Sunday -- he did not practice Saturday -- as was backup Garret Sparks, who has been out with a concussion, and Michael Hutchinson, who has started the past five games (2-3-0 with a shutout).
"I definitely feel ready to go," Andersen said.
Sparks said he also is ready to return.
The Canadiens effectively stifled Colorado's top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen on Saturday.
The Avalanche had four power-play situations, and they allowed a short-handed goal.
"Our power play kind of struggled," Bednar said. "I thought Montreal did a really nice job of disrupting our rhythm and we didn't set up like we normally do. We kind of struggled through that."
"We've got to find a way out of this because no one is going to feel sorry for us," Colorado defenseman Mark Barberio said. "Dig down and find ways to win hockey games."
Barberio and center Colin Wilson returned to the lineup after missing time with lower-body injuries. Barberio had been out since Nov. 28 and Wilson had been out since Dec. 21.
The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, lost the four-game season series to the rival Bruins 3-1 after the defeat on Saturday. They failed to hold a 2-1 second-period lead against the Bruins.
"Obviously, we made a couple of mistakes in D-zone, but I liked our game, to be honest with you," Babcock said. "I thought we had a good opportunity, I thought (Boston goaltender Tuukka) Rask was really good -- in particular in the second period, we had three unbelievable Grade-A chances and he held his ground. In the end, that's the difference in the game."
"I think we just leave knowing we did the right things," said right winger Mitch Marner, who scored a goal for Toronto. "Like I said, mistakes are going to happen. They capitalized on them when they had them. We know what we need to fix and we'll do that (Sunday), we'll talk about it (Sunday). I thought we played the game we wanted to. We had pucks to the net, just not the result."
--Field Level Media
Updated January 13, 2019