Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-0-0) vs. Los Angeles Kings (9-2-1-0)
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Lines: LA Kings -160/Toronto +140
After finishing their six-date road trip with a loss in St. Louis, the Los Angeles Kings (1st in Pacific Division) will be desperate to bounce back with a victory, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd in Atlantic), who will be playing with no rest…
Hectic Schedule For The Leafs
A back-to-back set continues the current four-game road trip for the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-0), who will pay a visit to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, facing the Los Angeles King just 24-and-a-half hours later. The jaunt kicked off with a 3-2 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Monday, handing Toronto its third consecutive defeat (0-3-0) and the fourth beating in the last five outings (1-4-0). It is quite a slide for the Maple Leafs, who started the season with a 6-1-0 prior record. Auston Matthews was coming into the upcoming schedule, having scored the most goals (9) and collected most points (16), while defenseman Morgan Rielly (10 points) was the leading assist-maker (9).
Goalie Frederik Andersen had started the majority of games ahead of Wednesday, going 6-5-0 for the season thus far with a 3.46 GAA and a .896 save percentage. He is 6-1-2 in past meetings against Los Angeles with a 2.47 GAA and a .925 save percentage, while back-up Curtis McElhinney (1-0-0 prior to the back-to-back stretch with a 3.00 GAA and a .909 save percentage) has gone 2-2-2 against the Kings historically with a 2.70 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Maple Leafs were coming into the upcoming fixtures, netting the 2nd highest number of goals per game (3.92), while allowing the 5th highest quantity in their defensive zone (3.58). They were 6th in power play with a 26.2% success rate (11-for-42) and 11th in penalty kill with 82.5% proficiency (33-for-40).
Kings Lose To Blues In A Tough One
The Los Angeles Kings (9-2-1) rounded off their six-date road swing (4-2-0) with a hard-fought matchup against the St. Louis Blues, who eventually grabbed a 4-2 win at Scottrade Center on Monday. After a scoreless first period, both teams combined for five snipes in the following frame. Tanner Pearson (2 goals, 4 points this season) scored on a breakaway at 13:20 after the hosts were already leading 2-0, while Dustin Brown (6 goals, 12 points) netted Los Angeles’ second, making it 3-2 during power play with 2:43 remaining in the middle period. St. Louis scored an empty-netter in the final third with 1:05 left on the clock. Defenseman Drew Doughty (3 goals, 9 points) played his 700th NHL game, registering two hits, an assist, and a minus-3 differential.
Goalie Jonathan Quick turned away 26 shots, taking his current performance total to 7-2-1 for the year with a 1.89 GAA and a .942 save percentage. He is 4-3-1 in past encounters against Toronto with a 2.45 GAA and a .916 save percentage, while back up Darcy Kuemper (2-0-0 this season with a 1.92 GAA and a .929 save percentage) has notched a 1-1-0 career record versus the Maple Leafs with a 2.58 GAA and a .907 save percentage. The Kings are presently scoring the 10th highest quantity of goals per game (3.25), giving up the absolute lowest amount on the defensive end (2.00). They are 22nd in power play with a 15.8% conversion rate (6-for-38) and top of the league in penalty kill with 93.0% efficiency (40-for-43).
- Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific.
- Maple Leafs are 17-39 in their last 56 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Kings are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Kings are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic.
- Kings are 10-2 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
The home team has won six of the last seven matchups between the two sides, with the only exception being Los Angele’s 7-0 victory in Toronto in November last year. So, the Kings look pretty good for this contest, having notched five wins in their last six home games and going unbeaten in regulation on their own ice so far this season (4-0-1). The Maple Leafs have struggled against strong home sides, winning just 17 of their past 56 road fixtures against teams with home winning percentage above .600. They have also won just a third of their last 64 contests played with no rest (21-43) and are 17-35 in the past 52 times playing the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.