LGD: A kingly matchup

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Want to unnecessarily stress about something you have no control over while it eats into your sleep schedule? Prepared to yell at your TV past the hours of midnight? Love you some late night sports? 

Well have we got the hockey game for you!

The Leafs face off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight in LALALAnd, with puck drop coming at 10:30 p.m.

Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives. Toronto sits one point in the final wildcard in the Eastern conference, while LA sits one point out in the West.

Oh and the last time these two played, Toronto lost by seven goals. It coincided with the American presidential election, which is probably why you forget it.

The Leafs

Lines courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com

LW C RW
Zach Hyman 
Zach Hyman
Auston Matthews 
Auston Matthews
William Nylander 
William Nylander
James van Riemsdyk 
James van Riemsdyk
Tyler Bozak 
Tyler Bozak
Mitchell Marner 
Mitchell Marner
Leo Komarov 
Leo Komarov
Nazem Kadri 
Nazem Kadri
Connor Brown 
Connor Brown
Matt Martin 
Matt Martin
Brian Boyle 
Brian Boyle
Nikita Soshnikov 
Nikita Soshnikov
Defensive Pairings
Morgan Rielly 
Morgan Rielly
Alexey Marchenko 
Alexey Marchenko
Jake Gardiner 
Jake Gardiner

Nikita Zaitsev 

Nikita Zaitsev

Matt Hunwick 
Matt Hunwick
Roman Polak 
Roman Polak

Well, the trade deadline has come and gone and Roman Polak and Matt Hunwick are still Toronto Maple Leafs. Brian Boyle continues in his second. Besides Marchenko and Boyle, it’s a mostly unchanged lineup as we’ve seen much of the season.

It looks like hot streak Josh Leivo will be the odd man out, though that could change before puck drop.

Fight it out amongst yourself accordingly.

THe  KIngs

Lines courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com

Defensive Pairings
Derek Forbort 
Derek Forbort
Drew Doughty 
Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin 
Jake Muzzin
THE JERSEYLESS 

PAUL LADUE

Brayden McNabb 
Brayden McNabb
Alec Martinez 
Alec Martinez

Jarome Iginla, who once signed to play for the Colorado Avalanche because he thought they’d be a Stanley Cup contender, is making his LA Kings debut.

The Kings themselves are a watered-down version of their cup-winning side from three years ago now, and are not quite the threat they’ve been known to be. The team’s scored just 155 goals through 63 games this year… but they’ve only allowed 158. Expect some low scoring hockey in this one, as LA has yet to play a game with more than 5 total goals (for both teams) since 2009.

Between the pipes

It’s likely to be Frederik Andersen fighting off against Jonathan Quick in this one. Brian Boyle will not face off against Ben Bishop just yet.

Where to Watch

Sportsnet Ontario is carrying this one at 10:30 p.m.

  • LukeWarmWater

    One would have thought that the leafs would likely go with the back up tonight and have a psyched up Andersen play his old team as he gets an extra day of rest. But as Adam points out Andersen is likely tonight.

    • FlareKnight

      Well that kind of plan didn’t work out great against Columbus, although I doubt that’s the reason Babcock is going this route.

      More likely he wants to throw his best goalie out to try and get a win. And then likely go with the backup against Anaheim. At this point in the season can’t afford to go for emotional reunion moments.

      Although who knows. Maybe he decides to go with Andersen again considering the gap between games, but we’ll have to see. I don’t think he’d want to risk overplaying Andersen at this point in the season when every game matters.

      • LukeWarmWater

        I can’t see him using Andersen in 3 games in 4 nights. I think there obviously would be more emotion from Andersen as he played a longer time with the Ducks. Let us not forget the back up’s last game was a shut out. Two desperate teams tonight and don’t be surprised to see o.t. or the dreaded shoot out in which case I hope our back up is in tonight’s game.

        • LukeWarmWater

          A little psychic power working tonight but on the positive side Frederick improved his average to above 50% on the shoot outs this year. It has got to the point where i think some leaf fans just turn the freaking boob tube off after o.t. and gladly accept the one point. Don’t think I haven’t given part of the blame to Babcock who went with the three rookies in the shoot out. Andersen plays great in regulation and o.t. but can’t win in a shoot out. Okay I exaggerated he has won one this year. Several crucial points this season flushed down the toilet.

          It is like watching your Jays pitchers perform brilliantly and then have a close cough up the gopher ball every second night. Fortunately for the Jays they have a superb young closer.

    • LukeWarmWater

      Despite the number one goalie playing solid again, leaf fans can at least hope that the second of the back to back games will hopefully be a close game and if it gets to o.t. and if it still isn’t settled, well our back up will give us a half decent chance as Andersen’s ass will be on the bench.

        • LukeWarmWater

          Yeah bro, I have indeed mentioned that the shooters are far from innocent in this shoot out fiasco. I commented in the game summary that maybe it wasn’t Babcock’s finest moment in going with three rookie shooters tonight. But the Duck game likely will be close and if gets to a shootout I’ll feel a whole lot better knowing that Frederick can get a good view of it from the bench.