Two teams with perfect records square off tonight in Toronto when the Maple Leafs (3-0-0) host the Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0).
Obviously, it’s still early, but both sides have to be pleased with the way they’ve begun the season. Or, at the very least, they have to be pleased with their records.
Certainly, Toronto wouldn’t still be undefeated without the strong goaltending of offseason acquisition Jonathan Bernier, who’s allowed just one goal on 47 shots. Likewise, the Avs have been aided by the netminding of Semyon Varlamov, who’s surrendered just two goals on 63 shots.
Not surprisingly, Bernier (.979 save percentage) and Varlamov (.968) are expected to be the starters tonight.
Special teams have also been key for both clubs. The Leafs have already scored four power-play goals, while the Avs have yet to surrender a tally while a man down.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.