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Game Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche

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The last time the Maple Leafs played the Avalanche they won 5-1. Riding high on the shut out from Saturday, they could do it again....

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Christmas in the Rockies!  I'm sure they are having a wonder snowy time, while here in the far south of Ontario we're getting mild temperatures and rain. I know who wins this fight: Me, I do. No snow! Yay! There are two more Leafs games until the break, and they are both on the road vs opponents they should beat.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche
9:00PM - Pepsi Centre, Denver, CO
TV: Sportsnet Ontario / Radio: TSN1050
SBN: Mile High Hockey

On Saturday night Jonathan Bernier hit it big, making 26 saves to shut out the LA Kings, and earning his first victory of the season, now sporting a shiny 1-8-3 record. The Maple Leafs are also on a bit of a point streak, picking up at least one point in their past 5 games (3-0-2). Despite the points the Maple Leafs are tied with the Blue Jackets for last place at 29 points. The Leafs do have 4 games in hand, however. This road trip should be one of thought for Leafs management. Sitting in last place in the NHL, last in their division, and 10 points behind the Senators for the final wild card playoff spot, do they keep going as is, make the push to make up ground on the WC spots, or cut bait on the season and sell off as much as they can to stay in a good lottery spot.

Projected Lines
Toronto (no changes from last game as per Siegel)

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

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

Jonathan Bernier
Antoine Bibeau

Colorado (via Mile high Hockey)

Gabriel Landeskog -Nathan MacKinnon - Matt Duchene
Alex Tanguay - John Mitchell - Jerome Iginla
Martinsen - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
Cody McLeod - Mikhail Grigorenko - Jack Skille

Francois Beauchemin -Erik Johnson
Holden - Tyson Barrie
Guenin - Zach Redmond

Semyon Varlamov
Reto Berra

Pre-Game buzz

My thoughts: The point streak will continue into the Christmas break as the Leafs pick up two wins, much to the disgust of the tanking crowd.