Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs – 14/1/2019 – Game Day Preview & Recap

Gameday Preview:  Colorado vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Time: Saturday, January 14th,  2019

Toronto: 28-14-2 for 58 points

Colorado: 20-17-8 for 48 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to come back from a close loss and a game full of giveaways and jump back into the winning column against the struggling Colorado Avalanche

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –58 points (17 goals 41 assists)
John Tavares – 50 points (29 goals 21 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 46 points (13 goals 33 assists)
Auston Matthews – 39points (20 goals 19 assists) 53% on Face-offs)

Mikko Rantanen – 68 points (20 goals 48 assists)
Nathan MacKinnon– 66 points (26 goal 40 assist)
Gabriel Landeskog- 51 points (27 goal 24 assists)
Tyson Barrie – 32 points (5 goal 27 assists)

Frederik Andersen
20-9-1 2.50GAA .923SV%

Philipp Grubauer
9-5-3 3.29GAA .895SV%

Lineups:

Toronto:

Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Connor Brown – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov

 

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

 

Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Garrett Sparks (Concussion), Tyler Ennis (Leg)

Suspension: None

 

Colorado:

Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen

JT Compher – Alexander Kerfoot– Colin Wilson

Matthew Nieto – Carl Soderberg – Matt Calvert

Tyson Jost – Sheldon Dries – Sven Andrighetto

 

Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson

Ian Cole – Tyson Barrier

Ryan Graves – Mark Barberio

 

Philipp Grubauer

Semyon Varlamov

 

Scratched: None

Injuries: Vladislav Kamenov, Nikita Zadorov

Suspension: None

 

Keys to Winning against Colorado:

  1. Hard Forecheck
    1. The defence ha been a weak spot for the Avalanche, attack them hard and furious
  2. Puck Possession
    1. Hem the big line of the Avs in their own zone so they can’t hurt you
  3. Johnsson, Kapanen, Matthews
    1. They built a great game in Boston they need to continue

Gameday:

First Period:

Colorado Penalty – 06:47 – Nikita Zadorov, 2 minutes for Hooking

Leafs Penalty – 19:20 – Travis Dermott, 2 minutes for Holding

 

End of 1st – COL –0        TOR – 0

Shots             12                  6

Faceoffs     7/18              11/18

Hits               8                     4

PP                 0/1                 0/1

 

Analysis

Leafs played slow and sloppy in the first period. They couldn’t get a solid forecheck going.

 

Need to Do:

Get on the forecheck hassle the weak defence of Colorado

Second Period:

Leafs Goal–02:14 – Igor Ozhiganov (3), assisted by Morgan Rielly (34) and Auston Matthews (21)

Leafs Goal–03:28 – Kasperi Kapanen (15), assisted by Andreas Johnsson (11)

Colorado Goal–06:33 – Gabriel Landeskog (28), assisted by Tyson Barrie (28)

Colorado Goal–09:56 – Mikko Rantanen (21), unassisted

Colorado Penalty – 12:40 – Nikita Zadorov, 2 minutes for Boarding

Colorado SH Goal–14:29 – Carl Soderberg (13), unassisted

Toronto Penalty – 19:59 – John Tavares, 2 minutes for Hooking

 

End of 2nd – Colorado– 3          TOR – 2

Shots              25                    12

Faceoffs       14/36              22/36

Hits              16                      8

PP                 0/2                  0/2

 

Analysis:

Leafs come alive in the 2nd but once again thanks to the Jake Gardiner and giveaways the Leafs end up down at the end of the period.

 

Need to Do:

Buckle up defensively

 

Third Period:

Toronto Goal–06:00 – Mitch Marner (18), assisted by Travis Dermott (11) and Auston Matthews (22)

Colorado Penalty – 06:20 – Nathan MacKinnon, 2 minutes for Roughing

Toronto Penalty – 06:20 – Zach Hyman, 2 minutes for Roughing

Colorado Goal–11:45– Carl Soderberg (14), unassisted

Colorado Goal–17:09 – Matt Calvert (7), assisted by JT Compher (9), Colin Wilson(6)

Colorado EN Goal–18:12 – Carl Soderberg (15), assisted by Ian Cole (9),

 

End of 3rd – COL– 6       TOR – 3

Shots             38                   20

Faceoffs     21/54                33/54

Hits               25                       13

PP                0/2                    0/2

 

Analysis:

Leafs blow a 2-0 lead and look like a team that is struggling hard.

 

Next Up:

Colorado (21-17-8 50pts) vs Ottawa (17-24-5 39pts)

Toronto (28-15-2 58pts) at Tampa (35-9-2 72pts)

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