Everything you need to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche

Everything you need to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche

TORONTO AT COLORADO, 7 p.m. Friday, ALT, 950 AM

Spotlight on: Auston Matthews. The second-year Maple Leafs center played in his home state Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., and will make his second appearance in Denver against the Avs to complete Toronto’s consecutive-night stretch. A year ago, Matthews had a goal in Toronto’s 6-0 victory at the Pepsi Center. Matthews, 20, entered Thursday with a team-high 28 points (14 goals), despite missing 10 games because of two injuries. He had 97 career points (54 goals) in just 109 games.

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Maple Leafs — Goalie Frederik Andersen has 19 wins, third most in the NHL, and is on pace for to reach 40, which would be a career high. He leads the league in shots-faced (993) and is seventh in save percentage (.924). … The Leafs have 10 of their 13 games in December on the road. But only 17 of Toronto’s remaining 45 games are on the road — just three outside the Eastern time zone none on the West Coast. … Veteran center Tyler Bozak lives in Denver during the off-season. He starred for two seasons at the University of Denver. … Veteran forward Patrick Marleau, 38, has 12 goals in his first season with the Leafs, and 520 in his career.

Avalanche — Semyon Varlamov will start in goal. … Rookie defenseman Andrei Mironov was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Thursday to provide depth. The Avs had just six available defensemen on Wednesday. … Colorado hasn’t allowed an opponent’s power-play goal in its last nine games, going 27-of-27 during that stretch and is 28-of-28 overall. The Avs killed off a 5-on-3 disadvantage for 1:52 in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Arizona. … Colorado’s PK is now 111-for-133 on the season (83.5 percent) and 54-for-58 (93.1 percent) at home — the best home penalty kill in the league. The Avs haven’t given up a power-play goal at home since Dec. 1 against New Jersey. … Colorado is 2-4 at home this month and 10-7-1 on the season.

Published at Thu, 28 Dec 2017 23:45:08 +0000