Here are some fun facts involving the Los Angeles Kings and tonight’s opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs
- On December 1st, 1988, the trio of Wayne Gretzky, Dave Taylor and Bernie Nicholls combined for 17 points. Nicholls led the way with a career high 8 points, 2 goals and 6 assists. Gretzky added 5 helpers and Taylor had 3 goals and an assist. Luc Robitaille had a measly 2 goals and 1 assist in the Kings’ 9-3 rout of the Leafs.
- In addition to the game above, Brantford, Ontario (just outside Toronto) native Gretzky had 4 points against the Leafs on 3 other occasions as a member of the Kings.
- This will be the 141st meeting in the history of the Kings. Los Angeles has gone 61-57-1 with 21 games ending in a tie back when ties were allowed.
- The largest margin of victory for the Kings against Toronto was an 8-0 shutout on january 23, 1975.
- The teams combined for 13 goals in a Toronto 7-6 win on March 17, 1986.
- Toronto has shut out the Kings 5 times in their history, but the last time they did so was March 27, 1978
- LA shut out the Maple Leafs 6 times, but also haven’t done so in a while, dating back to Feb. 20, 1988.
- The Kings are 8-12 with 3 ties in the month of March against the Leafs.
- The Kings and Leafs have met 3 times in the post-season. The most recent was Los Angeles’ 7 game victory in 1993 that sent the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals.