TORONTO (TICKER) —The Toronto Maple Leafs try to extend their unbeaten streak against the Colorado Avalanche to five games when the teams meet at the Air Canada Centre for the fifth consecutive time Saturday.
The Maple Leafs are 3-0-1 in their last four meetings with the Avalanche, dating to March 4, 1998. Colorado, which used to play in Quebec, still owns an overwhelming 43-25-10-4 advantage in the all-time series between the franchises.
The teams have met just once in each of the last four seasons - each time at the Air Canada Centre. They have not faced each other in Colorado since the 1997-98 campaign.
Toronto had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Alexander Mogilny scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who had their 13-game home unbeaten streak snapped.
Colorado completed a 1-1-1 homestand with a 5-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Steve Reinprecht had a goal and an assist and defenseman Rob Blake and Milan Hejduk had two assists apiece for the Avalanche, who pulled into a tie with Anaheim for eighth place in the Western Conference.
Defenseman Derek Morris, who scored the game’s first goal, left the game in the second period as he was bleeding from his right eye following a fight with David Ling. He did not return and is out indefinitely after suffering a blowout fracture.
Colorado’s Serge Aubin took a puck off his foot early in the game and did not return. He also is out indefinitely.