MAPLE LEAFS (10-10-4) at AVALANCHE (13-7-2)
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Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot and Nazem Kadri each will play his first game against his former team when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday.
The Maple Leafs acquired Barrie, the highest-scoring defenseman in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history, with forward Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in a trade with Colorado for center Kadri, defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft.
Barrie scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 win at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, when the Maple Leafs ended a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in the debut of coach Sheldon Keefe, who took over on Wednesday after Mike Babcock was fired.
Barrie, who played eight seasons for the Avalanche, has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 24 games for Toronto; Kerfoot, who played two seasons for Colorado, has eight points (five goals, three assists) in 21 games.
Kadri has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 22 games for the Avalanche, who are 5-2-0 in their past seven games. Kadri played his first 10 NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs.
Players to watch
Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past nine games.
Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.
They said it
"[Colorado] is such a beautiful spot and a great place to live. I had a lot of great years there and met some wonderful people. I'm excited to go back and see everyone." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie
"I'm pretty happy with what our group's done. For the most part we're competing to win every night. All things considered, I think we're in a pretty good place." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev -- John Tavares -- Zach Hyman
Alexander Kerfoot -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen
Pierre Engvall -- Frederik Gauthier -- Nicholas Shore
Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl
Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie
Scratched: Martin Marincin, Nic Petan, Dmytro Timashov
Injured: Mitchell Marner (ankle), Trevor Moore (shoulder)
Avalanche projected lineup
Andre Burakovsky -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi
Valeri Nichushkin -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher
Matt Nieto -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- T.J. Tynan
A.J. Greer -- Vladislav Kamenev -- Logan O'Connor
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar
Nikita Zadorov -- Ian Cole
Scratched: Mark Barberio
Injured: Matt Calvert (head), Tyson Jost (upper body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)
Rantanen practiced Friday for the first time since he was injured Oct. 21, but no target date has been set for his return. … The Avalanche assigned forward Jayson Megna to Colorado of the American Hockey League.
Keefe can become the fourth Toronto coach to win his first two games, and would join Pat Quinn (3-0-0 in 1998-99), George O'Donoghue (2-0-0 in 1921-22) and Dan Maloney (2-0-0 in 1984-85). … Burakovsky has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. … MacKinnon has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past five games.