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LGD: Kings and Breadwinners

Good morning Leafs Nation! Let’s get this bread.

Your Toronto Maple Leafs (5-1-0) are back in action tonight. After sweeping a four-game road swing, the Leafs are back at home as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings (2-2-1) to town.

It’s the only visit to Toronto for the Kings this season. The teams split their season series last year, with both teams winning at home. The Leafs will look to continue the better half of that trend tonight, as they eye a fifth consecutive win.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.4#34 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 86.3#5 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 72.3#72 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.64#18 FL1
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.6#71 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 82.5#10 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 78.8#24 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.95#2 FL2
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 73.4#72 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.2#33 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.0#96 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.51#6 FL3
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.0#56 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 70.9#141 C

Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.2#53 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.38#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.3#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.1#43 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.20#14 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 75.6#21 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.8#81 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.20#13 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.7#39 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV
DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.74#3 DL3

Saturday’s lines remain for the Leafs tonight. That means Tyler Ennis and Martin Marincin remains out, while Andreas Johnsson and Igor Ozhiganov remain in.

William Nylander will miss his seventh game of the season tonight as well, but that goes without saying.

Kings Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Iafallo
ALEX IAFALLO

Rating: 72.6#68 LW

Anze Kopitar
ANZE KOPITAR

Rating: 81.1#14 C

Ilya Kovalchuk
ILYA KOVALCHUK

Rating: 73.8#46 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.83#23 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.2#49 LW

Adrian Kempe
ADRIAN KEMPE

Rating: 70.3#152 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 74.6#34 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.71#24 FL2
Jaret Anderson-Dolan
JARET ANDERSON-DOLAN
Jeff Carter
JEFF CARTER

Rating: 77.7#31 C

Mike Amadio
MIKE AMADIO

Rating: 71.3#86 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.49#1 FL3
Kyle Clifford
KYLE CLIFFORD

Rating: 69.3#129 LW

Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON

Rating: 66.9#182 C

Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS

Rating: 70.7#146 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.98#29 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT

Rating: 73.1#45 LD

Drew Doughty
DREW DOUGHTY

Rating: 80.9#8 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.97#9 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.6#16 LD

Alec Martinez
ALEC MARTINEZ

Rating: 73.9#36 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.30#6 DL2
Dion Phaneuf
DION PHANEUF

Rating: 71.4#78 LD

Paul Ladue
PAUL LADUE

Rating: 74.6#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.01#6 DL3

Dion Phaneuf returns to Toronto, though I’m not sure he will recognize the city which is now an actual fun place to play hockey. Even more intriguing is Ilya Kovalchuk returning to Toronto for the first time since March 4, 2013! (more on that later).

While this team isn’t exactly rife with offensive juggernauts, they also haven’t been nearly as porous as the Leafs defensively either. They’re 23rd in goals for, but 11th in goals against. We’ll see how those stats look after tonight.

Starting Goalies

One handsome boi

credits: @prongstat

versus… one alleged boi?

Garret Sparks versus Jack Campbell is tonight’s goalie duel. Fun fact: there is an NHL goaltender named Jack Campbell! Who knew?

Sparks comes into the game 1-0-0 on the season with an .806 save percentage. That is not good, but tonight is another night. Tonight is also one of the rare occasions when a Leafs backup is taking to the crease without a tired team in front of him, which is pretty cool.

Campbell, meanwhile, is 2-2-0 with a .938 save percentage, so he’s actually not been half bad for somebody who didn’t exist until five minutes ago.

Notes

  • Auston Matthews looks to continue his early-season tear. He’ll be looking for a goal in a 7th consecutive game tonight. Just goofy.
  • The last time Ilya Kovalchuk played in Toronto, Jay McClement scored a goal, and David Clarkson was still a New Jersey Devil. Life comes at you fast.

Puck Drop is at 7:30ET on Sportsnet Ontario.

 

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