The Los Angeles Kings return home on a roll and it could be a record-tying night on a couple of fronts when they host one of the NHL’s Orginal 6.
7:30 PM PT
TV: FS-W; RADIO: KEIB AM 1150
This is the second of two meetings between the Kings and the Maple Leafs. LA walked into Toronto and defeated the Leafs 3-1 on December 11th, with Jeff Carter scoring the game winner. Martin Jones made 38 saves to get the win.
LA finished their perfect road trip with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night, while the Leafs tour through the state of California continued with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Phil Kessel, TOR – The often maligned Kessel sits second the league in points behind Sidney Crosby and third in goals, trailing only Alexander Ovechkin and Ryan Getzlaf. His play is a big reason the Maple Leafs are in the place they are in the standings.
Jonathan Quick LAK – A win would move Quick into a tie for the franchise lead in wins by a goaltender. He has the night off on Monday so should be refreshed after extending his personal winning streak to 6 games on Sunday night in Edmonton.
TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
1. Record Setting Streak – The Kings win in Calgary moved them within one of tying the franchise record winning streak at 9 games, set in 2010.
2. Gaborik Watch Continues – Marian Gaborik has now gone 3 games without a point as a King, and the watch is on for him to break that goose-egg.
3. Bernier’s Return – This will be the first time Jonathan Bernier visits the Staples Centre as a member of the opposition as the Kings granted him a trade and an opportunity to be a starting goalie by dealing him to the Leafs this past off-season.