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Tuesday, January 21st (All times Eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (26-20-5) at Colorado Avalanche (31-12-5), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have found the perfect counter to their post-Winter Classic blues: their longest winning streak in seven years.

The Maple Leafs next try to extend their run to six consecutive victories on Tuesday night as they visit a Colorado Avalanche team that is on its longest winning streak in nearly three months.

Following a 3-2 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Ann Arbor on New Year's Day, the Maple Leafs lost four straight and were outscored 21-7. However, they have since potted 18 non-shootout goals over a five-game winning streak, their first of that length since Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 2007.

Toronto kept up its winning ways last night in the opener of a four-game road trip, picking up a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri both had power-play goals, while Jake Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson also scored.

Kessel has three goals and seven assists over a five-game point streak and Jonathan Bernier came up with 39 saves to win his fourth straight decision.

"We did a lot of good things early in the game and then we reverted back to some of the old habits," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "We seem to want to make life more difficult for ourselves. But we've won five in a row now and it's a positive step for this club."

Another step in the right direction would be winning six straight for the first time since Dec. 23-Jan 2 during the 2005-06 campaign.

Toronto improved to 9-10-4 as the road team this season compared to a 17-10-1 record at home and now sits just two points behind Montreal for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Colorado comes in also on a roll, having won four straight to post its longest win streak since a six-game run from Oct. 19-Nov. 2. The Avalanche sit third in the Central Division with 67 points, eight ahead of Minnesota and four back of second-place St. Louis.

The Avalanche scored three first-period goals on Saturday in Nashville, but had to hold on late in a 5-4 win over the Predators, who scored three goals in the game's final 12 minutes.

Still, Colorado was able to improve to 8-1-2 in its last 11 games.

"It is not important how the game ends, it is the result at the end. We had a really good start. We stopped skating and playing like we should have. This is a team that can score goals and they got back in the game. But we held on," said Avs coach Patrick Roy.

Nick Holden scored twice and also assisted on Matt Duchene's first goal since Dec. 19, ending a 13-game drought without a goal for the forward. Jan Hejda and Gabriel Landeskog also scored and Paul Stastny had two assists in his first game back after missing two straight with a leg injury.

Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves to match a Colorado record by posting his 16th straight start without a regulation loss. He has gone 11-0-5 since his last setback in 60 minutes on Dec. 10, evening Peter Budaj's 13-0-3 run from Feb. 24-April 5, 2007.

Varlamov is 2-0-1 with a 1.95 goals against average in three career starts versus the Leafs.

Colorado is expected to have forward P.A. Parenteau back in the lineup tonight. He has missed 10 straight games with a sprained MCL and has logged nine goals and 24 points in 38 contests on the season.

Parenteau had the game-winning tally in the first meeting this season between the Avs and Leafs, scoring early in the third period in a 2-1 triumph on Oct. 8 in Toronto.

Varlamov made 27 saves as the Avalanche bested the Maple Leafs for the fifth time in the previous seven encounters.

Bernier, making his first start and second career appearance versus the Avs, made 31 saves.

Fellow Toronto netminder James Reimer is 1-0-1 with a 2.97 GAA in two career starts against Colorado.

01/21 10:59:46 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
9th
PIT 3
MIL 5
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
9th
CLE 2
TOR 3
 
8th
DET 6
ANA 11
 
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
 
8th
BOS 4
BAL 7
 
7th
TAM 4
NYY 5
 
9th
MIA 4
SEA 4
 
7th
TEX 11
CWS 0
 
7th
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
5th
COL 8
PHI 0
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
HOU
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LOS
ARI
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SDP
SFG
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3