Dec 11, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) tries to wrap the puck around from behind the net as Los Angeles Kings goalie Martin Jones (31) and defenseman Drew Doughty (8) defend the net at Air Canada Centre. The Kings beat the Maple Leafs 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview & Live Thread Number 68

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (35-24-8) at Los Angeles Kings (38-22-6)

Where: Staples Center

When: 10:30 p.m. ET

Where to watch: TSN, Fox Sports West

Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Opposition blog: Rink Royalty

Latest betting line (from Vegas Insider): Los Angeles -200

Lineups (from Jon Rosen of L.A. Kings Insider):

LEAFS

FORWARDS

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

David ClarksonNazem KadriJoffrey Lupul

Mason RaymondNikolai KuleminTroy Bodie

Carter AshtonJay McClementColton Orr

DEFENSE

Dion PhaneufCarl Gunnarsson

Cody FransonJake Gardiner

Tim GleasonMorgan Rielly

GOALIES

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

KINGS

FORWARDS

Marian Gaborik – Anze KopitarJustin Williams

Tyler ToffoliMike RichardsJeff Carter

Dwight KingJarret StollDustin Brown

Kyle CliffordTrevor LewisJordan Nolan

DEFENSE

Jake MuzzinDrew Doughty

Robyn RegehrSlava Voynov

Willie MitchellAlec Martinez

GOALIES

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Coming off a tough loss against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs finish off their California trip with a visit to Los Angeles to face the red-hot Los Angeles Kings, who have won eight games in a row.

The Leafs are hoping for a better effort tonight then when they faced the Sharks. The Leafs were outshot 48 to 21 and did not look interested all game as the Sharks kept the puck in the Leafs’ end for the majority.

Despite being rocked by teammate Dion Phanuef, it appears James van Riemsdyk will return to the Leafs’ lineup tonight. The Leafs had a great game in a loss to the Kings last meeting so they are hoping to have the same effort but a different result tonight as Jonathan Bernier will get the start against his former club.

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This could be a very long night for the Leafs as the Kings are a possession monster and their forecheck is aggressive. The Leafs will have to rely on speed and good goaltending to come out with a win here tonight. Comment below to participate in the live thread.

GO LEAFS GO!!!!!

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