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LGD: Believe In The Beebs



The Toronto Maple Leafs had a non-dominant but still celebration-inducing 4-1 win yesterday, and just like many other occasions this season, they’ll have to defend their good mood sooner than they can heal the bruises. Tonight, they head back home from Boston to take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Air Canada Centre. Here’s what’s about to go down:

The Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

These lines are out of date. Nylander is playing with Matthews, which is hard to fight against after Auston’s goal last night. The D core is the same. Free the children.

The Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Joe Colborne plays for the Colorado Avalanche.

Colborne was once acquired by the Leafs from the Boston Bruins, where Colton Orr made his NHL debut.

The Leafs eventually decided to re-sign Orr and kicked Colborne to the curb, as Orr was a better fit.

The Leafs eventually realized they needed another centre after all, and acquired Peter Holland.

A few years later, the Leafs traded Peter Holland after they decided waiver claim Ben Smith was a better fit.

Ben Smith was claimed from the Colorado Avalanche, who needed room for Joe Colborne.

Circle of life, fam.

Starting Goaltenders

Antoine Bibeau makes his NHL debut tonight. He’s spent a lot of time on the Marlies paying his dues over the years, so it’s nice on the surface to see him get rewarded. What are his odds to steal the show? I tried to tackle that earlier, but the tl;dr of it is to expect anything.

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start for the Avs, but who knows for sure. Colorado’s goaltending hasn’t been too hot this year, though last night’s flaming dump truck of a 10-1 loss to Montreal hasn’t helped their numbers; Varly is a 0.897 and Calvin Pickard sits at 0.913.

What To Look Out For

Both teams are tired, both are probably looking to make better efforts than last night (despite Toronto’s win), and it’s an odd home ice on a Sunday night with a NHL debuting goalie. Just appreciate this one for the fact that it’s hockey and don’t try to overthink it, trust me. Puck drop is at 7.

  • Capt.jay

    Man, if I was Carrado I’d be pissed. They’re killing his career. You don’t get better sitting and watching. They pluck him off waivers and then don’t use him. Not even an AHL game. If he isn’t good enough to play then send him to the minors or trade him. Nobody gets better sitting in the press box, they lose their skills.

    This is a rant, it’s my rant, but I feel bad for the guy.

  • Stan Smith

    Two observations. First the whole Colborne, Holland, Ben Smith storyline……..yawn. lol

    Second Bibeau’s “paying his dues over the years” consists of 31 games two seasons ago and 40 last season, not a lot of “years” there.

  • LukeDaDrifter

    Let’s forget about Corrado and Nylander for a bit and talk about what everyone wants to know but are afraid to ask. What are the chances the Leafs get the rookie of the year award this year? The last time we won that one was back in 1965-66. Brit Selby. I think after the first game of the season most would have thought it was in the bag.