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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

Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs

  1. The Avalanche are 6-1-1 (.813) in their last eight trips to Toronto. Colorado held the Maple Leafs to two goals or fewer in regulation in seven of the eight games. The Avs won 4-2 in Toronto on January 22, 2018 despite having zero power-play opportunities, their only such game in the past three seasons.
  2. The Avalanche were blanked by the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday, 3-0, their seventh straight road loss (0-6-1) after starting the season 11-5-2 away from home. Colorado has an .843 save percentage in its last seven road games (since December 8), last in the NHL over that span.
  3. The Maple Leafs fell to the Bruins in Toronto on Saturday, 3-2, despite taking a 2-1 lead in the second period. The Leafs have two blown-lead losses in the second period or later in their last four home games after having just one such loss in their first 19 home games this season.
  4. Tyson Barrie has 27 assists this season. It is his sixth consecutive season with 25 or more helpers, tying the longest streak by a defensemen in franchise history (John-Michael Liles, 2005-06 to 2010-11). Fourteen of Barrie's 27 assists have been on goals by Gabriel Landeskog (8) or Mikko Rantanen (6).
  5. Morgan Rielly has one point (0g, 1a) in his last five home games, after racking up 20 points (5g, 15a) in his first 18 home games. Rielly is averaging 0.9 points per game (21/23) at home compared to 1.2 points per game (25/21) on the road this season.
  6. The Maple Leafs are second in the NHL this season with 130 even-strength goals while the Avalanche rank tied for 16th with 103. On the other hand, Colorado is second in the league with 43 power-play goals while Toronto ranks tied for 14th with 26.

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

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