Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche – 12/2/2019 – Game Day Preview

Gameday Preview:  Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche

Time: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Toronto: 34-17-3 for 71 points

Colorado: 22-22-11 for 55 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to jump back into the win column and keep the Colorado Avalanche struggling tonight. Look for Auston Matthews to have a big game.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –66 points (20 goals 46 assists)
John Tavares – 60 points (33 goals 27 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 55 points (14 goals 41 assists)
Auston Matthews – 47 points (24 goals 23 assists) 53% on Face-offs

Mikko Rantanen – 75 points (24 goals 51 assists)
Nathan MacKinnon– 74 points (29 goal 45 assist)
Gabriel Landeskog- 57 points (29 goal 28 assists)
Tyson Barrie – 40 points (6 goal 34 assists)

Frederik Andersen
25-11-2 2.57GAA .923SV%

Semyon Varlamov
13-13-8 2.91GAA .906SV%

Lineups:

Toronto:

Patrick Marleau  – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Connor Brown – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Andreas Johnsson – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Ron Hainsey

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

 

Scratched: Justin Holl & Tyler Ennis

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)

Suspension: None

 

Colorado:

Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot – JT Compher  – Colin Wilson

Matthew Nieto – Carl Soderberg – Matt Calvert

AJ Greer – Sheldon Dries – Sven Andrighetto

 

Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson

Patrick Nemeth – Tyson Barrie

Ryan Graves – Nikita Zadorov

 

Semyon Varlamov

Philipp Grubauer

 

Scratched: None

Injuries: Vladislav Kamenov, Mark Barberio

Suspension: None

Keys to Winning against Colorado:

  1. Hard Forecheck
    1. The defence has been a weak spot for the Avalanche, attack them hard and furious
  2. Puck Possession
    1. Don’t let them dictate the pace of the game, control the tempo, the cycle and hem the big line in their own zone.
  3. Johnsson, Kapanen, Matthews
    1. Three individual players who need to be big tonight.

 

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