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On 10/17/2011 05:44 PM in NHL

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Avalanche, Maple Leafs Enjoying Fast Starts

The NHL season only started a week and a half ago, but some teams are already separating from the pack while others stumble out of the gate.

Some of the teams pegged as preseason contenders for the Stanley Cup haven’t disappointed early, including the Washington Capitals (4-0-0), Detroit Red Wings (4-0-0) and the Philadelphia Flyers (3-0-1). All three are off to strong starts offensively, but are also getting help between the pipes.

Both Washington and Philadelphia shored up their goaltending through free agency with the Capitals signing Tomas Vokoun and Philadelphia signing Ilya Bryzgalov, and both moves appear to be paying dividends early.

Detroit has also received fantastic goaltending so far, with Jimmy Howard and Ty Conklin combining to allow just five goals through Detroit’s first four games, including two shutouts.

Some of the more surprising early standouts include the Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-0), the Colorado Avalanche (4-1-0) and the Dallas Stars (4-1-0). Toronto’s Phil Kessel is off to an explosive start, scoring five goalAvss and three assists through Toronto’s first three games. Colorado’s hot start is made even more surprising and impressive by the fact that all four wins have come on the road.

On the other side of the spectrum, three teams are still looking for their first win of the season in the New York Rangers (0-1-2), the Columbus Blue Jackets (0-4-1) and the Winnipeg Jets (0-3-0).

The Jets, who were the Atlanta Thrashers last season, relocated to Winnipeg and are the only team in the NHL without a point so far. New York started the season in Europe, where the Rangers lost in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings and in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Boston Bruins (2-3-0) and the San Jose Sharks (1-2-0) are a pair of Stanley Cup contenders off to slow starts. Boston has struggled offensively this season, averaging just two goals per game. The Sharks should get a boost from the return of goaltender Antti Niemi and forward Martin Havlat, who have both missed the first three games due to injury.

Looking ahead to this week’s action, two of the season’s surprise teams face off Monday night at 7:00 p.m. (ET) when Colorado visits Toronto. With both offenses clicking, there should be plenty of fireworks in this one as both teams try to keep their hot starts going. The game will be televised nationally on Versus.

Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. (ET), the Los Angeles Kings (2-1-1) return from a long road trip for their home opener against another up-and-coming team, the St. Louis Blues (2-3-0). Los Angeles lost star defenseman Drew Doughty for 7-10 days with an upper body injury in their win over Philadelphia Saturday, so he won’t be in action Tuesday.

Thursday night, two of the Eastern Conference’s best take the ice when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Washington Capitals. Neither team has lost in regulation yet, and both will be looking for early dominance over the rest of the conference. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised nationally on the NHL Network.

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cnotes Posts:33072 Followers:38
10/17/2011 05:46 PM

Avs seek fifth straight road win in visit to Toronto

COLORADO AVALANCHE (4-1-0, 8 points)

at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-0-0, 6 points)

Puck drops: Monday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Toronto -140, Colorado +120, Total: 5.5

After finishing with the second worst record in the NHL last season, the Colorado Avalanche are off to a red-hot start to the 2011-2012 campaign—winning four consecutive road games—as they travel to Toronto to face the unbeaten Maple Leafs.

These two teams have met once each of the past three years, with Toronto holding a 2-1 advantage. Interestingly, the road team won each of these contests. Both rosters are considerably different from even a year ago though, so those numbers shouldn’t be given too much value. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov (.938 SV Pct., 1 SO)—acquired in an offseason trade from Washington—is off to a tremendous start for the Avs. In two career starts against the Leafs, Varlamov is 1-0-1 with a .929 SV Pct. Toronto’s young netminder James Reimer (.927 SV Pct.) won his only start against Colorado, turning away 25 shots in a 4-3 win. This game ultimately comes down to percentages. It’s almost unheard of for a veteran team to go undefeated on a road trip, let alone a squad as young as the Avs. Expect Colorado to show some signs of fatigue in the fifth and final game of this road trip and TORONTO to remain unbeaten.

This rare five-star FoxSheets trend also likes the Maple Leafs in this game:

TORONTO is 10-1 ATS (90.9%, +11.2 Units) off a close home win by 1 goal over the last 2 seasons. The average score was TORONTO 4.3, OPPONENT 2.6 - (Rating = 5*).

The Avalanche have found success thanks to great goaltending from Varlamov as well as a balanced offensive attack. Five players are tied with 4 points to lead Colorado—D Erik Johnson, C Ryan O’Reilly, and RWs David Jones and Milan Hejduk. Second overall draft pick LW Gabriel Landeskog is also off to an impressive start with two goals and one assist.

The Leafs rank first in the NHL in goals per game—averaging 3.7 over their first three contests—thanks in large part to RW Phil Kessel, whose five goals, eight points and +7 rating are tied for the league lead in all three categories. LW Joffrey Lupul has also chipped in two goals and three assists.

Toronto will still be without free agent pickup Tim Connolly, who has yet to debut with the Leafs and remains week-to-week with an upper body injury. The center has a history of injury troubles, but when healthy, will provide great depth to an already potent Toronto offense.

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10/17/2011 05:54 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record
10/16/11 1-­1-­0 50.00% 0 Detail
10/15/11 14-­12-­0 53.85% +­155 Detail
10/14/11 3-­1-­0 75.00% +­1195 Detail
10/13/11 8-­8-­2 50.00% +­110 Detail
10/12/11 3-­3-­0 50.00% -­45 Detail
10/11/11 1-­3-­0 25.00% -­1100 Detail
10/10/11 8-­6-­0 57.14% +­1395 Detail
10/09/11 0-­4-­0 0.00% -­2355 Detail
10/08/11 17-­9-­0 65.38% +­3805 Detail
10/07/11 2-­4-­2 33.33% -­1230 Detail
10/06/11 2-­4-­0 33.33% -­1440 Detail
Totals 59-­55-­4 51.75% +490

Monday, October 17

Score Status Pick Amount

Colorado - 7:00 PM ET Toronto -137 500
Toronto - Under 5.5 500

Florida - 7:30 PM ET Florida +148 500
Tampa Bay - Over 5.5 500

Nashville - 9:30 PM ET Edmonton +113 500
Edmonton - Under 5 500

Anaheim - 10:30 PM ET Anaheim +158 500
San Jose - Over 5.5 500

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