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Game Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Av's and the available Duchene come to town. Hopefully they leave something behind....

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After winning 3 games in a row, last week ended with a loss to the New York Rangers. Sucks to them but hey, it happens. It's also a yearly tradition for garbage goals to be let in and hopefully Bernier has gotten this years out fo the way early. The Avalanche aren't having the greatest of season so let's see if the Leafs can make Patrick Roy's head explode.'

Colorado Avalanche @ Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30PM - Air Canada Centre
TV: TSN4, GCL, TVA Sports, ALT2
Radio: TSN1050
SBN:
Mile High Hockey

The Avalanche come to town, struggling to stay above Calgary and Edmonton in the standings and too far out of a wild card playoff spot to bother. The dream team of Roy/Sakic doesn't seem to be living up to its hype at the moment, despite being saviours to the franchise. Whats the matter with the Avs? on paper they are a much better team, but this should be a close game. The Leafs should be as bad as they are in the standings, so no one is accusing them of under performing.

Leafs last game:
A 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Sunday night and it gave us this:

Sigh.

Colorado's last game:
They destroyed the Canadiens on Saturday night 6-1. SIX TO ONE. High 5 Colorado (which was the goal differential in the game). MHH recap is here.

Projected line ups:
Toronto (mashed together from last game):

James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Shawn Matthias - Tyler Bozak - PA Parenteau
Daniel Winnik - Brad Boyes - Joffrey Lupul
Michael Grabner - Byron Froese - Peter Holland

Jake Gardiner - Dion Phaneuf
Matt Hunwick - Morgan Rielly
Matt Marincin - Roman Polak

James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier

Colorado (from MHH's preview):

Grigorenko-MacKinnon-Duchene
Comeau-Soderberg-Iginla
McLeod-Mitchell-Everberg
Martinsen-Street-Skille

Beauchemin-Johnson
Holden-Barrie
Gormley-Guenin

Berra
Pickard

Rabble Rousers:

THE MONSTER! CLEARLY TAKING A SHOT AT REIMER! BOIL HIM IN OIL! KICK HIM IN THE SHINS!

oh.

My thoughts:

Leafs win again, tanking crowd cries despair, Reimer ups his trade value.