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Avs, Leafs set to collide on VERSUS

Sunday, 10.16.2011 / 7:21 PM / Schedule

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Avs, Leafs set to collide on VERSUS
Two teams off to terrific starts will face each other in front of a nationally-televised audience Monday night.
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).
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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final