Maple Leafs To Face Tucker, Avalanche; Call Up Bozak, Reimer

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 13, 2009

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA - AUGUST 26:  Tyler Bozak #86 of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mikael Backlund  #60 of the Calgary Flames look on during the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut on August 26, 2009 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.  (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Maple Leafs will host old fan favourite Darcy Tucker, and the Colorado Avalanche tonight at the ACC. This is the first game of a mini two game home stand for the Leafs, and it is also the second game in as many night for both clubs.

Last night the Maple Leafs lost their fifth straight, to open the season, a franchise record, in a 7-2 pounding by the New York Rangers.

Earlier today the Maple Leafs re-called Tyler Bozak from the Marlies before calling up James Reimer.

Bozak may be best remembered by signing with the Maple Leafs out of university last season, and after he Bruins (COURTESY: YouTube)" target="_blank">scored that great goal in the pre-season against the Bruins.

James Reimer was the 99th overall pick in the 2006 draft.

The Maple Leafs will sit Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman tonight, to make room for Tyler Bozak and the returning Viktor Stalberg.

The Avs sit 7th in the league with three wins, while the Maple Leafs sit 30th in the NHL with none.

Darcy Tucker will play in Toronto for the first time tonight since signing with the Colorado Avalanche. Tucker was a fan favourite when he played in Toronto, but was overcome with injuries, and therefore bought out.

Tonight's players to watch:

Toronto - C - Tyler Bozak

Bozak will play in his first NHL game tonight, and is even forcing an NHL regular, Mikhail Grabovski, out of the lineup. In 06-07 Bozak had 128 points in 59 games for the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL.

Colorado- C - Matt Duchene

Duchene has had a slow start to his rookie campaign. Duchene, who was drafted third overall in the summer, is playing for the team that he loved so much as a child.

He has just two assists in the first five games, and has a plus/minus rating of -4.