Los Angeles Kings (14-10-4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (16-5-6)
December 8, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -176 / Los Angeles Kings +146; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena. The Los Angeles Kings have lost 6 of their last 9 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 7 of their last 9 games.
The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Vilardi leads Los Angeles with 13 goals, Kevin Fiala has 21 assists and Trevor Moore has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 72 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 60 goals on 534 shots faced, and Cal Petersen has allowed 34 goals on 257 shots.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. William Nylander leads Toronto with 14 goals, Mitchell Marner has 22 assists and Auston Matthews has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Erik Kallgren has given up 25 goals on 246 shots faced, and Ilya Samsonov has allowed 18 goals on 238 shots.
The Kings are 34-14 in their last 48 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 39-15 in their last 54 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Kings last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall. The Kings are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The home team is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
The Los Angeles Kings continue to pile up the losses, and their lack of defense makes them hard to trust on the road. The Toronto Maple Leafs are finding ways to win games, and their offense still has yet to really get going. The Maple Leafs have another gear or two they can reach, which is kind of scary. Anyway, it’s hard to go against the Maple Leafs here, and of course, I’ll lay the PL to shave the juice down.