Toronto vs LA: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Tuesday November 13th, 10:30 pm Eastern Time
The Toronto Maple Leafs head to California for three consecutive games out West, beginning with a date at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have looked like a completely different team on the road than they have at home. For just the second time in the history of the storied franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs have won each of their first 6 road games in a season and will be looking to improve on that record when they visit Los Angeles.
The Kings on the other hand, have been terrible away from the Staples Center winning just one of their first six games on the road. While they haven’t been great at home either, they have at least won four of their opening eight games in front of their own fans. Tuesday’s game will be quite the daunting task though, even if Toronto do enter the game a little fatigued.
It will have been a long few days for the Maples Leafs as they will be battling the effects of a three-hour time change and a long flight. Despite this though, they will be expected to earn a win against a Los Angeles side that hasn’t looked very good and are still finding their way under new interim head coach Willie Desjardins.
John Stevens was fired on November 4th – just 13 games into the current campaign – as was assistant coach Don Nachbaur. Desjardins is expected to be behind the bench for the remainder of the season, with the Kings looking to turn their campaign around after an abysmal start.
John Tavares to score any time
With Auston Matthews still out injured, Toronto’s other star centre has been able to help fill the void. Expect him to have a big night on Tuesday and find the back of the net in Los Angeles.
Toronto Maple Leafs to win
Given Toronto’s stellar away record and the Kings still trying to discover themselves under a new head coach, the visitors should get the job done.
Head to Head
Toronto took two of three games against Los Angeles last season – but the Kings won the only game played at the Staples Center.
Morgan Reilly became just the seventh defenseman to record 20 or more points through the first 16 team games of a season. Harry Cameron, Borje Salming, Babe Pratt, Larry Murphy, Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle were the other six.
Patrick Marleau recorded the 600th assist of his NHL career on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are 8-8 ATS after their opening 16 games.
The Los Angeles Kings are 6-9 ATS after their first 15 games of the season.
The Los Angeles Kings have hit the over just 6 times through their first 15 games.