Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 1/21/14
Toronto Maple Leafs (25-20-5) at Colorado Avalanche (31-12-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -173 / Toronto Maple Leafs +157 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, SNET-O
Both the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to continue the winning ways when the Avalanche welcome the Maple Leafs to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night.
Toronto heads to the mountains on a five game winning streak, which is the longest of the season for the Maple Leafs. On Monday, the Leafs defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 in Glendale, which marks a strong start to the current four game road trip for Toronto. Goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 of the 41 shots the Coyotes took, but more importantly the Leafs continued the offensive success. Phil Kessel, who leads the team in goals, assists, and points, had a goal and an assist against Phoenix and remains red hot. On the current five game winning streak, the Maple Leafs are averaging 4.0 goals per game, nearly a goal and a half above the team’s season average. Toronto is allowing an average of 3.0 goals per game, however, which ranks them near the bottom of the NHL in goals against.
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The Colorado Avalanche are also on a roll, winning four straight games. After losing four straight games and closing out the year in a tough way, Colorado has bounced back by going 8-1-1 in the last ten games overall, which has helped the Avalanche move up to the fifth seed in the Western Conference. In the most recent victory, the Avalanche bested the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-4. The Avalanche are getting strong play from goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov, who is 11-0-5 in the last 16 games. The Avalanche are also sixth in the NHL in goals per game with 2.9, but the offense has performed even better of late averaging 3.5 goals per game over the last four games.
The home team is 6-0 in the last six meetings between these two teams, and the Avalanche are 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall. The Leafs are 5-0 in the last five games and the Avalanche are 4-0 in the last four games, as mentioned. However, Toronto will be traveling to Colorado to play the second game of a back-to-back, and the Leafs are just 1-5 in the last six games when playing without a days rest. Meanwhile, the Avalanche will be rested, and Colorado is 4-0 in the last four games when playing on two days rest. Toronto is under .500 on the road this season, and while the Leafs are playing extremely well, I think they’ll be playing with tired legs here as it will be the third game in four nights. The Avalanche money line is steep, but I think the Aves pull it out in regulation at home. With both teams scoring well the over may also be worth a look.