The Toronto Maple Leafs will play their second straight home game tonight as they welcome the red-hot Los Angeles Kings to the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs fell 5-2 to the Boston Bruins on Sunday and continue their brutal December schedule against one of the best teams in the league.
The Kings are coming off a royal thumping of the Montreal Canadiens last night. Eleven different Kings found the score sheet and rookie goalie Martin Jones stopped all 16 shots he faced as they blanked the Habs 6-0. It was Jones’ second shutout in three games played this season, and he’ll get the nod again tonight.
Joffrey Lupul will play for the first time since November 25 when he suffered a groin injury. The Leafs will need their fifth-leading scorer to start producing right off the hop because this team is struggling. The Leafs have lost seven of their last ten games and need to right this ship quickly before it sinks completely.
The other big news is former King Jonathan Bernier will make his first-ever start against his former team. Bernier was traded to the Leafs for Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a second-round pick in the offseason, and has come as advertised this season as he’s played superbly. He’ll have to be nothing short of spectacular for the Leafs to win tonight.
Speaking of Scrivens, he happens to lead the entire league in save percentage with a .943 in 15 games. Good trade for both teams, I guess.
For lineup, television, radio and other notes and info, check out James’ preview from earlier today. Here’s a list of tweeters you can follow along with as you watch the game tonight:
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