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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles Kings (Game Number 32) Live Thread


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:


As always, please comment below and share your thoughts. GO LEAFS GO!

Tags: Ben Scrivens Joffrey Lupul Jonathan Bernier Martin Jones Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Tim Bayer

    Frattin is a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

  • Tim Bayer

    Rielly in, Liles out.

  • Tim Bayer

    Martin Jones could build a gazebo with all the free time he’ll have during the game tonight. I don’t think he’s gonna see many shots.

  • James Gleason

    Should be a fun game full of lols

    • Tim Bayer

      can’t wait

  • James Gleason

    Lupul back

  • Tim Bayer

    One of those ONTARIA BOYZ is none other than Cobourg’s own Justin Williams. I hope he doesn’t score.

  • Tim Bayer

    I hope Kessel terrorizes Jake Muzzin tonight.

  • Tim Bayer

    Is it just my Internet or is that Twitter list not updating like at all?

  • Tim Bayer

    KULIIIIIIE

  • Tim Bayer

    I love this line

  • James Gleason

    The puck was in the kings zone. PROGRESS

    • Tim Bayer

      baby steps

      • James Gleason

        And like they had a shot and stuff

  • James Gleason

    Welp Fraser ranger on the ice

  • Tim Bayer

    With Lupul back, I’m pretty happy with how the Top 9 looks now.

  • James Gleason

    < 3 bernier

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Predictions for the final score anyone? I’ll start: 3-2 Kings

    • James Gleason

      20-6 kings

    • Tim Bayer

      ehhhhhhh 4-1 Kings? I’ll be semi-happy with anything better than 6-0

  • James Gleason

    Kessel Kadri JVR line is great while it lasts

  • James Gleason

    Leafs lead in shots yaya

  • Tim Bayer

    gotta have Lupes

  • Tim Bayer

    HIT THE NET CLARKSON

  • James Gleason

    It’s not 5-0 yet so woo

  • Tim Bayer

    Lots of corsis in this game. FUN

  • Tim Bayer

    Shots are only 2-2? Is that accurate?

    • Tim Bayer

      nvm 4-3 Leafs

  • James Gleason

    Welp, leafs PK time

    • Tim Bayer

      Did we get Subban???

      • James Gleason

        The only leaf PK will wear is canadian

        • Tim Bayer

          I sure hope so

  • James Gleason

    Paul ranger blows

  • James Gleason

    Drink

  • Tim Bayer

    Well I had my Doughtys about this PK

    • James Gleason

      Lol

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Well, that was bound to happen.

  • Tim Bayer

    Fraser-Franson should never be a pairing on the PK. EVER.

  • Tim Bayer

    Welcome to the Phaneufapocalypse

  • James Gleason

    Miss u SCIRRBBELS

  • Tim Bayer

    Kulemin has 3 shots already that’s great

  • Tim Bayer

    Gardiner and Rielly are a pair! LOVE

  • Tim Bayer

    Ranger-Fraser on the other hand………..

  • Tim Bayer

    Lupul looks real good

  • Tim Bayer

    That went better than expected

  • James Gleason

    That’s like taking a bullet and avoiding a shotgun blast

  • Tim Bayer

    I have a question:
    Why wasn’t Fraser focused on clearing the net on the PP goal? Instead he just stood in front of the Kings player in front of the net, essentially making sure there was no way Bernier could see it.

    • James Gleason

      You answered your own question

      • Tim Bayer

        He was trying to screen his own goalie?

  • Tim Bayer

    It’s like Mike Zeisberger is the czar of meaningless stats. Was just tweeting about plus/minus, now about face-off percentage.

  • James Gleason

    C’mon phill

  • James Gleason

    The leafs out shoot an opponent GET SHUTOUT

    • Tim Bayer

      it’s the third law of Randynamics

      • James Gleason

        Would hate to see the whole list

        • Tim Bayer

          it’s long and involves a lot of facepunching and benching of young skilled players

  • Tim Bayer

    The Leafs need a Doughty

  • Tim Bayer

    Colin Fraser is hurt?

  • James Gleason

    Wow play a crap player crap player makes crap play

    • Tim Bayer

      crap is as crap does

  • Tim Bayer

    oh crap that looks really bad

  • Tim Bayer

    Wait, JvR is playing centre on the PP? Why?

  • James Gleason

    This is fun

  • James Gleason

    OMG Phil

  • Tim Bayer

    beautiful little drop pass by JvR

  • Tim Bayer

    WOOOWWOWOOWOWOWOWOW

  • James Gleason

    Kessel so badly wants to score