los angeles kings vs toronto maple leafs predictions and preview

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NHL los angeles kings vs toronto maple leafs predictions and preview


 

 

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The Maple Leafs are hot as of late and they head to the City of Angels to face a reeling Kings team.

The Maple Leafs have won six of their last seven games and they are coming off a shutout win. The team is in second place in the Atlantic Division only two points back of the Florida Panthers. While not a high scoring team, Toronto is led by a solid defense that ranks third in the league only giving up an average of 2.25 goals per game.

The Kings had won six in a row before losing their last four games. The offense has been the main issue as of late and while the team has played good defense on the season, they are only averaging 2.44 goals per game. L.A. is tied for fifth place in the Pacific Division 10 points out of first place.

This is the first game of the season between these two teams.

 

The Right Side of a Shutout

After having their five-game win streak snapped in their last game in a shutout loss the Maple Leafs were on the right side of a shutout in their last game where they were on the road and beat the New York Islanders 3-0. The team doubled up on New York outshooting them 40-20 and Mitchell Marner scored twice and Ondrej Kase also lit the lamp.

 

Backup G Joseph Woll (2-0-0 2.00 GAA) stopped all 20 shots he faced for his first career shutout. On the season the Maple Leafs are 4-3-0 on the road.

Marner leads the team with 17 points (6 goals 11 assists) and three of his six goals on the season have come in the last four games. John Tavares leads the club with eight goals and he has a goal and two assists over his last five games. #1 G Jack Campbell (10-4-1 1.66 GAA) leads the NHL in GAA and save percentage, will likely be in between the pipes in this game, and he has only given up four goals in his last five starts.

 

Not Much Offense

In their last game the Kings were at home and lost to the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 in OT. Brendan Lemieux scored the lone goal 5:38 into the first period and the team was shut out the rest of the way. They outshot the Coyotes by 11 (38-27) and they were 0/3 on the power play. Jonathan Quick (4-4-2 1.88 GAA) ranks fourth in the league in GAA and gave up two goals in the loss to Arizona while only giving up two goals in his previous three starts. On the season L.A. is 5-4-1 at home.

 

Anze Kopitar leads the team with eight goals and 17 points and he has a goal and an assist over the last five games. Adrian Kempe ranks second on the squad with seven goals and has two goals and an assist over the last five games. Cal Peterson (4-3-1 3.12 GAA) may get the call in this game and he was lit up for five goals in his last start after giving up five in his previous two starts.





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