Los Angeles Kings (6-1 SU, 5-2 PL, 4-2-1 O/U) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2 SU, 5-3 PL, 7-1-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Monday, October 23, 2017
Where: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Lines: Toronto -153/ Los Angeles +138
Monday evening NHL inter-conference action and the Los Angeles King will invade Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario to rumble with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Kings enter this game off a 6-4 road win over Columbus, while the Maple Leafs are off a 6-3 loss at Ottawa. Goalie Probables: Jonathan Quick will be in the crease for the Kings and the Maple Leafs will counter with Frederik Andersen.
Kings Grab Big Road Win Against Jackets
The LA Kings are off to a very nice start and they kept it going with a huge 6-4 road win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The win was the Kings’ 4th on a row and the 6th of their first seven games to start the year. They missed the postseason last year, but are trying to make sure that they don’t miss out this year. This is a team that has upgraded their offense and they had a very nice showing against a very good goalie in the win over the Blue Jackets as they scored five of their six goals on Bobrovsky. That offense has now put up 18 goals in their last four games. Scoring in the win over the Jackets was Anze Kopitar, who scored twice and now has six on the year, Trevor Lewis, which was his 2nd of the year, Jake Muzzin, which was his 2nd of the year Drew Doughty, which was his 3rd of the year and Dustin Brown, which is 5th of the year. Jonathan Quick didn’t have a great game, but the offense bailed him out and he is now 4-1 with a 1.99 GAA on the year, including 2-0 with a 2.50 GAA on the road. In his career, he is 110-117 with a 2.44 GAA on the road and 45-21 with a 2.14 GAA during the month of October, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 39-22 with a 1.82 GAA and he has gone 4-3 with a 2.37 GAA against the Maple Leafs in his career.
The Kings have been a decent offensive team so far as they come in ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.86 gpg, while also ranking 7th in shots taken (34.4 spg) and 16th in power play conversions, converting on 18.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very good in the early going as they come in ranked 1st in goals allowed, giving up just 2.00 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots allowed (31.4) and 1st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 7.4% of their chances.
Andersen Struggles In Loss To Sens
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to have a nice start to their season, but they did just suffer their 2nd loss of the year as they fell to Ottawa on the road by a score of 6-3. That loss broke a three-game win streak that they were on and it was their first road loss of the year. Frederik Andersen came into the game off a 2-0 shutout over the Capitals on the road, but he did not have a good showing in the loss to the Sens as he allowed five goals on 34 shot attempts in the game. He is now 5-2 with a 3.41 GAA on the year, including 3-1 with a 2.50 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 58-33 with a 2.43 GAA in his home games and 17-15 with a 2.54 GAA during the month of October, while against the Pacific Division he has gone 33-23 with a 2.12 GAA, including 1-3 with a 3.45 GAA against the Leafs. The offense has been the best in the league this year, but they just didn’t have enough of it in the loss to the Sens. Scoring for the Leafs in the game was James van Riemsdyk, which was his 5th of the year, Auston Matthews, which was his 7th of the year and William Nylander, which was his 3rd of the year.
Toronto has been very good on offense so far as they come in ranked 1st in the league in scoring at 4.63 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (34.2 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 31.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 24th in goals allowed, giving up 3.50 gpg, while also ranking 14rth in shots allowed (32.0) and 7th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 15.6% of their chances.
Los Angeles is:
- The Over is 7-3-3 in their last 13 after scoring five goals or more in their previous game
- The 3-0-3 in their last six when their opponent allows five goals or more in their previous game
- The Over is 7-1 in their last eight overall
- The Over is 5-1 in their last six when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game
The Kings and Leafs are both off to strong starts. The Kings have a clear edge in the crease, while Leafs have a clear edge on offense. This should be a very good game. I also feel that it will be a high scoring game. Quick just allowed four goals on the road to the Blue Jackets and will now be taking on the best offense in the league. The Leafs have given up plenty of goals this year, especially at home and I look for the Kings to take advantage of that in this one. Toronto’s home games have average 9.50 gpg and I look for plenty of goals in this one as well.