It may be just one week into the 2013-14 NHL season, but there is palpable buzz in Toronto as the Colorado Avalanche come to town to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Both teams come into the game undefeated and Toronto will be looking to build on a hot start that has seen the team win its first three games.
While Toronto's three wins have all come in close games, Colorado has won its two games by a combined score of 9-2 and has yet to trail this season.
Forward Jay McClement missed the morning skate for the Maple Leafs. His wife is expecting their first child and he is considered a game-time decision. Jonathan Bernier will be in net for Toronto, his first start since coming on in relief of James Reimer in Toronto's 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. After Reimer allowed four goals on 20 Ottawa shots, Bernier stopped all 15 shots he faced in regulation and overtime as well as both shooters he faced in the shootout.
Here is Toronto's projected lineup for Tuesday, according to the team's website:
Here is Colorado's projected lineup, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:
Injured: Ryan Wilson (knee)