2019-20 NHL – Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings taking place? Friday 6th March, 2020 – 03:30 (UK)

Where is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings taking place? Staples Center, Los Angeles

What channel is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Toronto Maple Leafs 3 – 1 Los Angeles Kings

THE TEAM NEWS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • The Maple Leafs are coming off a 5-2 away loss to the San Jose Sharks and that result snapped their three-game winning streak. The Canadian-based franchise remain very much alive in the playoff race, however, and they currently sit in seventh place with 78 points.
  • Toronto enter this game quite depleted with seven players already ruled out of action. The list includes Cody Ceci, Morgan Reilly, Ilya Mikheyev, Jake Muzzin, David Clarkson, Nathan Horton and Andreas Johnsson – the last three will miss the remainder of the season.
  • Auston Matthews registered one goal and one assist against the Sharks the last time out, and that extended his point streak to four games. He’s having a career-year with 79 points in 67 games, and he could be within reach of the first 100-point season of his career.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

  • The Kings pulled off a shocking 4-1 win on the road against the Vegas Golden Knights last Monday and that pushed their unlikely winning run to three games. They remain dead last in the Western Conference standings with 56 points.
  • Los Angeles should be close to full strength entering this contest with their lone potential absentee center Jeff Carter, who has been listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.
  • Veteran center Anze Kopitar has been the leader on and off the ice for the Kings this season and that includes leading them in points with 59, thanks to 20 goals and 39 assists. He has 12 points (three goals, nine helpers) in his last nine games.

THE PREDICTION

The Kings might be coming off three straight wins but they have been one of the worst teams in the Western Conference all season long, mostly due to their lack of firepower since they have notched just 164 goals - the lowest tally in the West. On the other hand, Toronto remain in the playoff race solely due to their attacking exploits since they have bagged an NHL-high 235 goals this season. This is going to be a clash between a strong attack and an in-form defence but Toronto will likely come out on top.

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