Avalanche-Maple Leafs Preview
Oct 13, 2014 at 5:59p ET
The Avalanche have won their last four visits to Toronto as they seek to keep the Maple Leafs winless at home Tuesday night.
Both teams began the season with consecutive regulation defeats before winning their third contests.
Toronto (1-2-0) won 6-3 over the Rangers on Sunday as the top line of Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk combined for nine points - seven in a five-goal second period.
''This was a step in the right direction,'' van Riemsdyk said. ''We're a team that needs contributions from all four lines, and we had that.''
Colorado (1-2-0) was shut out by Minnesota in its first two games before winning 2-1 at Boston on Monday in thrilling fashion. Daniel Briere scored the winning goal off a rebound with less than a second left for the 300th of his career.
"It's one of those things that I'm probably going to appreciate more when my career is over," Briere said. "Right now I think the big thing is getting the victory. It's been, like I said, a rough start for the first two games."
The Maple Leafs now seek to avoid dropping three straight at home to start a season for the first time since beginning 0-4-2 in 2009-10. That's why coach Randy Carlyle wasn't too excited by the strong effort in New York.
"We're not going to take too much enjoyment in it when we still have some areas which we need to improve on and we're gonna continue to push for that," Carlyle said.
It's not certain who will start in goal for either team.
Toronto's James Reimer made 24 saves Sunday before being leaving with 13:17 remaining after being struck in the head during a collision with the Rangers' Dominic Moore. Jonathan Bernier replaced Reimer, who returned to practice Monday.
This figures to be a special game for 19-year-old Nathan MacKinnon, who grew up in Nova Scotia rooting for Toronto. The budding Colorado star had two goals and an assist in two meetings with the Maple Leafs last season.
MacKinnon assisted on the winning goal in the third period of a 2-1 road victory over the Maple Leafs on Oct. 8, 2013. That marked the Avs' fourth straight win in Toronto since a 5-2 defeat March 20, 2004.
Colorado coach Patrick Roy was happy Monday after his team outshot Boston 30-28. The Avalanche were outshot 82-46 in their first two games.
"I thought our guys were focused, our guys were skating well and competing well," Roy said. "It was a real nice win for us."
Colorado is 0 for 10 on the power play while Toronto is 5 for 12.
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is still searching for his first point after he was second on the club with 65 in 2013-14. MacKinnon and Matt Duchene recorded their first points with assists Monday.