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Parenteau Set to Return as Avalanche Hosts Leafs

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 9:24 AM

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Parenteau Set to Return as Avalanche Hosts Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche web staff contribued to this story.

MAPLE LEAFS (26-20-5) at AVALANCHE (31-12-5)

TV: Altitude, Sportsnet Ontario

Last 10: Toronto 6-4-0; Colorado 8-1-1

Season series: This is the second and final game between the Maple Leafs and Avalanche, who won the first game 2-1 on Oct. 8 at Air Canada Centre, en route to a 6-0 start to the season. Colorado's PA Parenteau broke a 1-1 tie at 2:30 of the third period to lift the Avalanche to the win.

Big story: Speaking of Parenteau, he's expected to play Tuesday for the first time since Dec. 29, when he injured his knee in a center-ice collision with Winnipeg Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba.

Parenteau was initially expected to be out of the lineup for up to six weeks, so his return after just three is a bonus for Colorado, which has regained its early-season form and is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. 

"Quicker, but still three to four weeks it was [out of the lineup]--it's nice to be back," Parenteau said Monday. "It was a kind of painful three weeks, not very fun. I'm looking forward to doing what I'm doing."

The 30-year-old right wing, who skated on the fourth line at practice Monday, with Patrick Bordeleau and Marc-Andre Cliche, has nine goals and 15 assists in 38 games this season.

"He passed the last test, the skating test, and he did good," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "I don't know yet what we're going to do. It's hard to make a big change in the lineup, the way the guys are playing. … That's the beauty of the situation. This is a good problem."

TEAM SCOPE:

Maple Leafs: Toronto has won five straight after opening a four-game, Western Conference road trip Monday night with a 4-2 win at Phoenix.

The Maple Leafs went two for six on the power play against the Coyotes, getting goals with the man advantage from Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri. They are six for 19 (31.6 percent) on the power play during their five-game winning streak.

"We did a lot of good things early in the game, and then we reversed 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, especially getting the first one on a [four-game] road trip."

Goalie Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves on 41 shots to earn his fourth straight win and improve to 17-14-4 on the season.

Avalanche: Colorado is 8-1-1 since New Year's Eve. The Avalanche hasn't played since Saturday night, when it held on for a 5-4 win against the Nashville Predators after leading 5-1. Tuesday's game is the first of four in six days for Colorado, with the following three coming on the road (Florida, Tampa Bay and Dallas).

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal Tuesday against the Maple Leafs and Friday against the Panthers. He's 11-0-5 in his past 17 games (16 starts), equaling Colorado's longest streak without a regulation loss in franchise history. He ranks third in the NHL in wins (24-tied) and saves (1108-tied) and is just two wins shy of his tying his career high (2011-12).

Who's hot: Kessel is on a six-game point streak (four goals, eight assists). …Avalanche center Paul Stastny has 11 points (two goals) in his past six games, and defenseman Nick Holden, who had two goals and an assist against the Predators, has five points his past five games. Ryan O'Reilly has a four-game point streak (four goals, one assist) and leads the Avalanche with 18 goals.

Injury report: Maple Leafs forwards David Clarkson (elbow), Dave Bolland (ankle surgery), Trevor Smith (broken hand) and Frazer McLaren (shoulder) are on Injured Reserve. … Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay (hip) and defensemen Nate Guenin (ankle) and Cory Sarich (back) are on IR, and center John Mitchell (flu) did not practice Monday.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 21 '14 TOR 5 at COL 2 J. Gardiner
Oct 08 '13 COL 2 at TOR 1 P. Parenteau
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
P. Kessel52262652-11573
J. van Riemsdyk50201939-43282
M. Raymond52131932+21663
N. Kadri48131932-94542
J. Lupul43151429-93540
T. Bozak2891625+5830
C. Franson5032124-122010
D. Phaneuf5041620+147500
J. Gardiner5041317+01010
M. Rielly4321315-111010
N. Kulemin406814-11203
P. Holland316511+01210
D. Bolland156410+41812
T. Smith25459-2402
P. Ranger36279-82800
D. Clarkson36358-55110
C. Gunnarsson51167+122201
J. McClement51246-32400
T. Bodie17123+21700
J. D'Amigo19112-1000
J. Leivo7112+0000
C. Ashton26022+01900
T. Gleason26022-111400
M. Fraser19011-83300
D. Broll5011+1500
C. Orr39000-58200
F. McLaren22000-36700
J. Smithson17000-5900
J. Liles6000-2000
J. Devane2000-1000
S. Abbott1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Bernier3617-14-48811982.58.927
J. Reimer2210-6-1566883.01.919
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Duchene46172441+31754
G. Landeskog48142236+103323
P. Stastny45132336+82022
R. O'Reilly47181533+4054
N. MacKinnon49171633+51674
P. Parenteau3991625-11801
E. Johnson4971320+113720
J. Mitchell4941418+51611
A. Benoit4821618-51201
J. McGinn4610717+32111
M. Talbot4951015+12301
J. Hejda456814+132000
T. Barrie325813+71622
N. Holden224711-1601
A. Tanguay13369+8401
C. McLeod44279+38700
C. Sarich42189+23400
S. Downie11167+43611
P. Bordeleau49426+25001
M. Cliche43055-31300
R. Wilson18055+41200
N. Guenin38044+01400
B. Malone15022-1200
K. Stollery2000+1200
D. Van Der Gulik2000+0000
M. Hunwick1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
S. Varlamov3924-9-59012052.39.925
J. Giguere137-4-0313562.59.913
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