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Avs, Leafs set to collide on VERSUS

Sunday, 10.16.2011 / 7:21 PM / Schedule

NHL.com

Two teams off to terrific starts will face each other in front of a nationally-televised audience Monday night.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who are off to a 3-0-0 start, will host the 4-1-0 Colorado Avalanche at the Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m. ET in a showdown that can be seen on VERSUS in the United States.

Toronto, which edged Calgary by a 3-2 score Saturday night, has received tremendous efforts from the likes of Phil Kessel (5 goals, 3 assists), Joffrey Lupul (2 goals, 3 assists) and James Reimer (3-0-0, 2.33 goals-against average, .927 save percentage).

Colorado shored up its goaltending during the offseason with the acquisition of Semyon Varlamov from Washington. Varlamov has been sensational for the Avs (3-1-0, 2.17 GAA, .938 save percentage), but it will be former Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere between the pipes Monday night. Giguere helped Colorado earn a 7-1 win against Ottawa in his lone performance last Thursday.

Four other games are on the NHL schedule Monday night -- Tampa Bay hosts Florida (7:30 p.m. ET), Pittsburgh visits Winnipeg (8:30 p.m. ET), Nashville travels to Edmonton (9:30 p.m. ET) and San Jose hosts Anaheim (10:30 p.m. ET).

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery