2019-20 NHL – Colorado Avalanche @ Toronto Maple Leafs Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Colorado Avalanche @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Thursday 5th December, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Colorado Avalanche @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Scotiabank Arena, Toronto

What channel is Colorado Avalanche @ Toronto Maple Leafs on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Colorado Avalanche @ Toronto Maple Leafs? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Colorado Avalanche @ Toronto Maple Leafs? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Colorado Avalanche 3 – 5 Toronto Maple Leafs

THE TEAM NEWS

COLORADO AVALANCHE

  • Following their huge 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado pushed their winning streak to three games and now they sit in third place of the Western Conference standings with 34 points out of 26 matches.
  • Andre Burakovsky and Matt Calvert have been listed as day-to-day for the Avalanche, while star left winger Gabriel Landeskog is yet to resume contract practices, so he is not expected to play here. Meanwhile, defenceman Erik Johnson and left winger Colin Wilson have both been ruled out due to lower body injuries.
  • Keep an eye on Ryan Graves ahead of this game. He only has nine points in 25 matches ahead of this game, but he is on a three-game point streak and will aim to extend that run here.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • Toronto are coming off an awful 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers the last time out, and that defeat means Toronto have now dropped two of their last three games, with their sole win over that span coming on overtime. The Leafs are in 10th place of the Eastern Conference with 30 points, and they have won three of their last five games.
  • David Clarkson, Nathan Horton and Mitch Marner have all been ruled out for this contest. Mason Marchment and Trevor Moore have been getting closer to a potential return, but both should be game-time decisions ahead of this matchup.
  • Star player Auston Matthews is Toronto’s player to watch here. He might have just one point in his last four appearances, but he is still one of the Maple Leafs’ biggest scoring threats with 31 points out of 29 games (16 goals, 15 assists).

THE PREDICTION

Based on recent form, the Maple Leafs are struggling while the Avalanche are on the rise. Toronto might have the home-field advantage and they have won three of their last five outings, but Colorado have also won three of their last four games and have additionally won their last three games against the Maple Leafs. Considering all those factors, Colorado should be slight favourites.

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