Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (20-9-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (10-13-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +165 / Los Angeles Kings -185 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs square off Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Los Angeles Kings hope to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 12 goals, Jeff Carter has 16 assists and Milan Lucic has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 57 goals on 712 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up seven goals on 163 shots. Quick has allowed seven goals in his last three games. Trevor Lewis is questionable with a upper-body injury.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs need a victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power plays. Leo Komarov leads Toronto with 11 goals, Tyler Bozak has 14 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their power play chances. James Reimer has allowed 32 goals on 496 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has given up 35 goals on 298 shots. Reimer has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Kings are 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 9-19 in their last 28 vs. Western Conference and 19-55 in their last 74 overall. The Kings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs are downright awful and have been even worse against teams from the West. The Kings have found their groove a bit and should be able to get the victory here. I don't mind the chalk given the way both clubs are playing.