December 19, 2011; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) poke checks Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul (19) during the shoot out at the Air Canada Centre. Los Angeles defeated Toronto 3-2 in an overtime shoot out. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 32: Los Angeles Kings

Who: Los Angeles Kings (20-7-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-3)

Where: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)

When: 7:30 PM ET

Where to watch: TSN

Where to listen: TSN 1050

Enemy Blog: Rink Royalty

Lineups (via NHL.com’s Joe Yerdon):

LEAFS

Forwards

James van RiemsdykNazem KadriPhil Kessel

Joffrey LupulPeter HollandNikolai Kulemin

Mason RaymondTrevor SmithDavid Clarkson

Frazer McLarenJay McClementJerry D’Amigo

Defense

Carl GunnarssonCody Franson

Jake GardinerJohn-Michael Liles

Paul RangerMark Fraser

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

KINGS

Forwards

Dwight KingAnze KopitarJeff Carter

Dustin BrownJarret StollJustin Williams

Kyle CliffordMike RichardsTyler Toffoli

Daniel CarcilloColin FraserJordan Nolan

Defense

Jake MuzzinDrew Doughty

Robyn RegehrSlava Voynov

Alec MartinezWillie Mitchell

Goalies

Martin Jones

Ben Scrivens

The Toronto Maple Leafs are back on home ice as they host the Los Angeles Kings. The Leafs are coming off a beat-down laid by the Boston Bruins on Sunday and hope to bounce back against the Kings tonight. I use “hope” lightly because after the Kings laid the smack-down on the Habs last night, they’re on the second leg of a back-to-back and may come out of the gate slow. If the Leafs want a chance to beat the Kings, they will have to play their best and use their speed. The Kings are a great possession team and will look to exploit the Leafs defence who will be without Dion Phaneuf due to his two-game suspension.

It will be a battle of two total opposite teams. The Kings are known for having the puck a lot and getting tons of shots on net, but not score a bunch. The Leafs get dominated in possession regularly, and yet are able to score multiple goals at a time. The Leafs have been out-shot almost all season and Bernier will basically have to stand on his head to keep the Leafs from not looking like the Habs last night. The Kings roll three lines and are a constant threat so we probably won’t see much of the fourth line. The Leafs will have to battle with their top three lines tonight and players like Gardiner and Kessel will be logging big minutes.

Tags: Dion Phaneuf Jake Gardiner Joffrey Lupul Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs

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