Two of the top contenders to win the conferences are meeting on Wednesday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs are hosting the Colorado Avalanche in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON on December 1, 2021.
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 01/12/2021
- Starting time – 7.30 PM ET
- Venue: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Toronto Maple Leafs Stats & Form
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the best teams in the league recently standing on top of the Atlantic Division and second overall in the Eastern Conference with a 16-6-1 record.
Who would think that Sheldon Keefe’s team will be in that situation after losing five of their first seven matches of the season. Since then, the Maple Leafs have won 14 of 16 games and will not slow down anytime soon.
They are coming back home to host the Avalanche after winning all four games on the latest road trip with at least a three-goal difference in any of those.
In their most recent win, the Maple Leafs dominated the Anaheim Ducks winning 5-1.
Michael Bunting, Alexander Kerfoot and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs completed the most successful month in franchise history.
The Maple Leafs went 12-2-0 this month, becoming the eighth NHL team to win 12 games in November. Toronto also tied a franchise record with its seventh straight road victory.
Toronto Maple Leafs News
Czech Republic internationals Ondrej Kase and Petr Mrazek are both out against Colorado as well as Russian Ilya Mikheyev.
Colorado Avalanche Stats & Form
The Colorado Avalanche entered the season as the top contender to win the Stanley Cup this year but so far they haven’t met the expectations.
In late October and the beginning of November, the Avalanche lost six of nine games but have picked up their form recently winning seven of the last eight.
Colorado is fourth in the Metropolitan Division and eighth in the Western Conference with an 11-6-1 record.
In their last game the Avalanche won 6-2 against the Nashville Predators.
Mikko Rantanen had a hat trick and an assist for Colorado and Bo Byram scored in his return to the lineup. It was Rantanen’s first hat trick of the season and the third of his career. It came in his eighth game playing center in place of the injured Nathan MacKinnon.
MacKinnon hasn’t played since Nov. 6 due to a lower-body injury, but Colorado keeps humming. The Avalanche are 7-0-1 without their best player, in part because Rantanen has taken on a bigger role. The Avalanche are 4-4-0 on the road.
Colorado Avalanche News
Nathan MacKinnon is still out for the Avalanche with a lower-body injury and J.T. Compher is recovering from an upper-body injury. Goalie Pavel Francouz and Martin Kaut will also be out for the match against the Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche Head-to-Head Stats
Toronto and Colorado have split the last ten games with the visiting team winning eight of them. Only one of the last ten matchups has gone into overtime. Eight of the last ten between these two have gone over 5.5 goals.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche Betting Odds
The Maple Leafs are slight favorites to win this one with the odds set at 123, while the Avalanche are at 167. The draw is at 338.
The total goals margin is set at 5.5 with -136 to go over and 110 for under.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been the best team in the league for the past couple of weeks but the Avalanche are a real challenge despite playing without their best player Nathan MacKinnon. The safest bet on this one is to play over 5.5 goals since both teams have many scoring options and will ‘drop the gloves’ early on in the match.
- Tip Quote (Home team win): 123 by 22bet
- Tip Quote (Draw): 338 by 22bet
- Tip Quote (Away team win): 167 by 22bet
- Expert betting tip: Over 5.5 goals (-136 by 22bet)