The Kings will be in Toronto this evening to take on the equally struggling Maple Leafs. Interim head coach John Stevens is expected to be in
his current position this evening and a part of the team through the remainder of the season. It’s expected that Darryl Sutter will take over
the head coach duties this Thursday, when the Kings face Anaheim at home.
The Leafs have, just like L.A., lost four of their last five contests (albeit one of them was an overtime lost). They sit right in the middle of
the Northeast Division, with a 16-3-3 record, having dropped their last two consecutive games.
Toronto has given up 3.21 goals a game this season, putting them at the high-end of that scale. The Kings will try to capitalize on that
statistic and put the puck in net more often than they have recently. The Kings are tied with the Islanders for last in the NHL in the goals column (the Kings have
played two more contests than the Islanders however).
With 97 goals on the season, Toronto scores more prolifically than most NHL teams, with large contributions from Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.
Although they have 18 goals in the month of December, it has not translated well into wins for the team. They will be facing a Kings defense tonight that has given up just 2.37 goals per game.
In all-time play, the Kings lead the Maple Leafs slightly, heading into tonight’s contest, 59-57-21-1.