The Toronto Maple Leafs could extend their longest streak since 2007 with a win in Denver tonight. It won’t be easy though, as the Leafs played last night and the Colorado Avalanche are rested. A couple of interesting statistics to ponder:
@mirtle Avs are 6-1 rested vs a team playing 2nd game on B2B nights. Leafs are 2-3 tired.
— Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) January 22, 2014
The Avs aren’t a great possession team, but they’re getting it done largely on the strength of Semyon Varlamov’s goaltending. They’re playing incredibly well as of late, and the Leafs are on the second half of a back-to-back.
The Leafs may have won five straight, but two of those wins came in shootouts and two came in games they were badly outshot. I don’t think this team is playing great hockey, and I don’t think they’re on the verge of suddenly morphing into a top team in this league.
James Reimer will get the start, so he’ll be fun to watch. With Jonathan Bernier playing exceptionally, I doubt Reimer will see much playing time down the stretch. Nonetheless, he’s still going to have opportunities to prove to management he should be the guy starting every game.
For everything else you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the preview.
What are your predictions? Because of the reasons stated above, I don’t see the Leafs winning this game. With that being said, this team does seem to do surprising stuff all the time. I think Reimer will keep the team in the game but will ultimately fall 4-2.
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