Colorado Avalanche (10-14-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (10-10-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 11, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -133 / Colorado Avalanche +108 --- Over/Under:
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The Colorado Avalanche look to shake off an embarrassing 10-1 loss in Montreal last night as they head into the ACC to face off with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Avs are coming off a terrible nine goal loss on the road against the Canadiens last night and will look for a bounce back effort as they continue their road trip to Toronto on Sunday against the Maple Leafs. Colorado came into the year looking to get back into the playoffs in the Western Conference and they certainly have some great pieces up front that can keep them in games but overall this is a struggling group that may need a change in order to get a spark as they have been one of the bigger disappointments in the league this season. Colorado will likely go back with Semyon Varlamov as he will go up against Frederik Andersen and a Leafs team that is coming off a huge 4-1 road win against their rivals from Boston.
The Leafs meanwhile look to continue their impressive play at home this season but could be in a potential let down spot against an Avs side that was embarrassed last night and will be out for vengeance. Toronto is a very young team and have the same mold that the Avalanche have in terms of their offensive fire power but have much more stability behind the bench as Mike Babcock has done a great job keeping his team motivated and they could very well challenge for a playoff spot this season. The Buds are home favourites here and for good reason as they play very well at the ACC and after a big, confidence boosting win against their bitter rivals and should be able to translate that into another win on Sunday.
The Avalanche are 1-6 in their last seven overall and 1-7 in their last eight Sunday games while the Leafs are 1-8 in their last nine against the Central and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. Toronto hasn’t played well against the Central but the Avs are not on the same level as the rest of the division and the Leafs should get the win here.