(SportsNetwork.com) – The Los Angeles Kings will try to shake off their road
woes when they visit the streaking Toronto Maple Leafs for Sunday’s clash at
Air Canada Centre.
The defending Stanley Cup champions have struggled to a 4-6-4 away record this
season, while going 11-4-1 in Los Angeles. The Kings are 1-2-0 so far on a
five-game swing and lost for the third time in four games overall in Friday’s
lopsided loss against the Montreal Canadiens.
Despite firing 46 shots on net compared to only 20 registered for the
Canadiens, the Kings fell 6-2 in Montreal. Martin Jones surrendered all six
goals for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick’s backup only had allowed a total of
nine goals in his previous seven appearances this season.
Carey Price, meanwhile, made 44 saves to anchor the Habs’ victory.
Drew Doughty scored for the Kings and collected an assist on a goal by Jake
Muzzin. Mike Richards collected his 300th career assist on Doughty’s goal.
The Kings had a 14-4 shot advantage in the first period, but trailed by a goal
after 20 minutes. Montreal pushed the lead to 3-0 before Muzzin got L.A. on
the board early in the third period.
“We came out with a push early, but we didn’t capitalize on our chances,”
Quick expects to start tonight for the Kings. He is 2-2-0 with a 2.73 goals
against average in four career games against Toronto.
L.A. will complete its current swing Tuesday when it visits St. Louis for the
opener of a home-and-home series.
The Maple Leafs hope to continue their longest winning streak of the season
tonight when they aim for a fifth consecutive victory. Toronto picked up its
fourth win in a row, and second straight against the Detroit Red Wings,
Saturday night at Air Canada Centre.
After posting a 2-1 shootout win in Detroit on Wednesday, the Maple Leafs
scored four unanswered goals to beat the visiting Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday.
The goals from James van Riemsdyk, Richard Panik, Morgan Rielly and an empty-
netter from Nazem Kadri gave Toronto its first four-game winning streak of the
The Maple Leafs haven’t won five in a row since recording six straight wins
from Jan. 12-21 of last season.
Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves to pick up the win for Toronto.
“We were much more energetic,” said Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle. “We were
fortunate, obviously, that they played last night. They’re a dangerous hockey
club. We were able to stick with it even though they scored the first goal.”
Saturday’s tilt kicked off a three-game homestand for Toronto and pushed its
record this season at ACC to 12-7-0. The Leafs will cap the residency Tuesday
The Kings and Maple Leafs split two meetings in 2013-14, with each club
earning a road victory. L.A. has won five of the past eight meetings overall
and has claimed four in a row in Toronto. The Kings own a 6-0-1 mark at Air
Canada Centre since last suffering a regulation loss there on Jan. 29, 2000.
It’s uncertain if James Reimer will start in net for Toronto tonight or if
Bernier will get the call against his former club for the third time since
L.A. dealt him to the Maple Leafs in the summer of 2013. Bernier surrendered
three goals in a home loss to the Kings on Dec. 11 of last season and was
pulled after just one period in L.A. on March 13.
Reimer, who made 41 saves in Wednesday’s win at Detroit, is 2-0-1 with a 1.45
GAA in three career games against the Kings.