Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -136 / Colorado Avalanche +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Avalanche takes to the road on Tuesday night as they head into Toronto to face the Maple Leafs who will look to remain undefeated.
Colorado has been a nice surprise thus far as they have won both contests but they came in the confines of the Pepsi Center and this will be their first road test of the season as they head north to take on the Maple Leafs who currently sits atop the NHL standings. Colorado was supposed to be a team on the rise last season as they have a lot of young talent but unfortunately they couldn’t get things together and as such they missed the postseason and landed the first overall selection. After drafting Nathan Mackinnon with that top pick that added another offensive dimension to the likes of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Paul Stastny the confidence level of the Avalanche is apparently very high and they’ll look to do some damage here against the Buds. Semyon Varlamov is slated to start for the Avs while Jonathan Bernier gets the call for the Leafs.
Toronto has looked spectacular through their first three contests so far sporting a perfect 3-0-0 mark and sit atop the NHL standings, at least for the time being. The Leafs have taken down the Canadiens, Flyers, and Senators with the latest coming last Saturday against Ottawa by virtue of the shootout in what was one of the best games of the young season. Toronto’s newest acquisition from the Blackhawks, Dave Bolland, has had a fantastic start for the blue and white and is someone they will rely upon heavily for some offensive output this season and with a less than imposing blue line coming in from Colorado you can expect to see Bolland sniffing around the net once again. This is a tough one to call as I think the Leafs are the better team but when a team like Colorado heads to Toronto, a place where they very rarely go, a lot of the visiting players turn up their game as a large number hail from the surrounding area. For the value of what it’s worth I think the AVs can come into the ACC and leave with two points and that’s where I’m leaning in this one.