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:
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Carter Ashton
Troy Bodie - Dave Bolland - Mason Raymond
Colton Orr - Trevor Smith - Jamie Devane
Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson
Morgan Rielly - Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner - Paul Ranger
Scratched: David Clarkson (suspended), Jay McClement
Injured: Nikolai Kulemin (ankle), Mark Fraser (lower body), Frazer McLaren (finger)
Here is Colorado's projected lineup, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:
Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - Alex Tanguay
Ryan O'Reilly - Matt Duchene - Steve Downie
Jamie McGinn - Nathan MacKinnon - P.A. Parenteau
Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Patrick Bordeleau
Erik Johnson _ Jan Hejda
Tyson Barrie - Nate Guenin
Cory Sarich - Andre Benoit
Injured: Ryan Wilson (knee)
Scratched: Nick Holden, Matt Hunwick