NHL Picks: Avalanche vs. Maple Leafs Betting Preview

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:18 PM GMT

A couple of unbeaten teams square off tonight as the Avalanche and Maple Leafs get together at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, with opening faceoff scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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According to current NHL betting odds, Toronto is a -132 money line favorite and the posted total is 6. These two clubs haven’t met since 10/17/11 when Colorado was a 3-2 overtime winner at Toronto.

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It’s an Avalanche!

After finishing dead last in the Western Conference a season ago the Colorado Avalanche fans couldn’t be happier with their team’s 2-0 start to the season. It’s not only the unbeaten start that has them excited but the nature in which they’ve occurred has been extremely impressive. Colorado has outscored its first 2 opponents the Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators by a combined 9-2. Seven different players have scored goals and four players lead the team with 3-points. Goaltender Seymon Varlamov has been outstanding in stopping 61 of 63 shots on goal for a terrific .968 save percentage. Hall of famer Patrick Roy couldn’t have asked for a better start to his NHL head coaching career than the one he’s witnessed thus far.

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Go Leafs Go!

Toronto is definitely not suffering from the hangover of last season’s devastating playoff exit. The Leafs are off to a fast 3-0 start including opening the season with 2 road wins at Montreal and Philadelphia. They followed that up by overcoming a 2-goal deficit in an exciting 5-4 shootout win in their home opener versus Ottawa. This was the first training camp that head coach Randy Carlyle has spent with the Leafs and it has showed in their performance. Carlyle had taken over the Toronto job midway through the 2011-2012 campaign, and then last season’s strike shortened season deprived NHL clubs of the traditional training camp format. The Leafs now have a solid 1-2 punch in goal with James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier both of whom are capable of carrying the load or playing well in long stretches.

Final Analysis

This early in the season, this is a very intriguing sports betting matchup to say the least. However, despite Colorado’s impressive start to the season I still feel strongly when I say that the Leafs are the better team, and are the more suited of the 2 clubs to withstand the test of time. This also will be the first road game of the season for the Avalanche after opening the season with 2 home games. The Leafs come off an emotional win in their home opener but they will be playing on 2-days of rest and will be fully recharged. I have a small lean toward the home side herein my NHL picks, especially in light of the cheap price.

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NHL Pick: Toronto -140 on the money line to win over Colorado, at William Hill

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