Los Angeles Kings (6-0-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-0)
|Date & Time||Monday October 23, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -155 / Los Angeles Kings +140 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Los Angeles Kings look to stay perfect in regulation as they take to the road to battle the Toronto Maple Leafs in one of the early season marquee show downs.
The Kings have yet to drop any points in their seven contests this season as they are 6-0-1 and are looking like the team a few year’s back that was a perennial Cup contender, and while some of the faces have stayed the same they have done a nice job bringing in pieces to add to a core that has a winning pedigree. The Kings are 5-1 in their last six games following a win and have dominated the Atlantic division recently but they will have their hands full with a Maple Leafs team that exceeded expectations last season and are looking like a Stanley Cup contender this season as they are off to a 6-2 start and have been lighting up the score board in the process. The Kings are expected to send Jonathan Quick to the crease here as he will face off against Frederik Andersen who has back stopped the Leafs to a pretty strong start this season.
The Maple Leafs are off to a great start and have some resume building victories so far as they are 6-2 in their last eight games but they have struggled against the Pacific division and will be in tough here against the Kings. Toronto has a very young roster led by superstar sophomore Auston Matthews but the core of their team that includes James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri is very sound and this is a very good team that has an excellent chance at going on a deep playoff run. The Buds are 4-0 in their last four Monday games but just 1-4 in their last five playing on a single day’s rest but get a Kings team that struggles to start the week losing their last six games on a Monday.
The Kings are 5-0 in their last five against the Atlantic and 11-4 in their last 15 when their opponent allows five or more in their previous game while the Leafs are 6-1 in their last seven following a loss of three or more and 2-8 in their last 10 against the Pacific. The Kings match up well here and are getting great value while the Leafs looked shaky against the Sens last night and may not be ready for a rebound.