Dec 11, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) drives to the net as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) defends and goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) guards the net at Air Canada Centre. The Kings beat the Maple Leafs 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Game Preview

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.

maple leafs logo(35-24-8, 78 points) 2nd Atlantic Division

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Kings logo (38-22-6, 82 points) 3rd Pacific Division

 

7:30 PM PT

Staples Centre

TV:  FS-W; RADIO: KEIB AM 1150

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

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.

LAST GAMES

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 ContinuesMarian 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.

Tags: Game Preview Jonathan Bernier Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings Phil Kessel

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