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Tuesday, January 17th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (24-17-3) at Colorado Avalanche (26-17-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will aim for their eighth consecutive victory tonight, as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Pepsi Center.

The winning streak would be the longest for the Avs since they won nine in a row during an 11-game unbeaten streak to start the 2000-01 campaign. Colorado won its last Stanley Cup that season.

The Avs are coming off Saturday's overtime win in Philadelphia. Alex Tanguay scored a power-play goal 4:14 into overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 win over the Flyers.

Brett Clarke added a goal while David Aebischer came up with 27 saves for Colorado, which coughed up a two-goal lead late in regulation.

Flyers center Peter Forsberg, who was a member of both Colorado Stanley Cup teams, forced overtime with a goal with 1:12 remaining in the third and also had an assist in his first game against his former team.

The Avalanche have 55 points and are currently tied with Vancouver for second place in the Northwest Division. The Calgary Flames hold a two-point lead over both teams.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have dropped back-to-back contests, including a 4-3 loss to Phoenix on Saturday. Fredrik Sjostrom netted the game-winning goal early in the third period to lead the Coyotes.

Carlo Colaiacovo had a goal and an assist and Jason Allison and Tomas Kaberle scored for the Maple Leafs, who have also dropped three of their last four games. Ed Belfour made 24 saves in the defeat.

Tonight marks the opener of a four-game road trip for the Maple Leafs, who are 9-9-2 as the visitors this season.

This is the first and only meeting between Toronto and Colorado this season. The Leafs are 4-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last six matchups, but have dropped two in a row in Denver.

01/17 10:28:01 ET


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