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!!!!!

Tags: Dion Phaneuf James Van Riemsdyk Jonathan Bernier Jonathan Quick Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Tim Bayer

    Leafs going with 7 D. Ashton out.

  • Tim Bayer

    Game time has been moved to 10:47 to accommodate the Blues-Oilers game going late on TSN.

  • Tim Bayer

    Also they’re having some kind of pre-game ceremony thing for Jim Fox.

  • Tim Bayer

    Gotta love that purple and gold.

  • Tim Bayer

    GABORIK GABORIK GABORIK

    • Tim Bayer

      sorry, freaked out a little bit there

    • Tim Bayer

      DANGIT. LOOK WHAT YOU DID.

  • Tim Bayer

    PHILTHY PHANEUF

  • James Gleason

    Leafs looking good in the last couple minutes. Outshooting the Kings 15-10! in the first. Leafs leading the corsi battle 17-16

    • Tim Bayer

      very surprised to see this.

  • James Gleason

    Lower body injury for Bernier. Not on leafs bench. Per Jonas Siegel

    • Tim Bayer

      dang

    • Tim Bayer

      No he’s back on the bench per Leafs Twitter

      • Tim Bayer

        *Now

  • Tim Bayer

    WHAT A SHIFT!

  • Tim Bayer

    GUNNERRRRRRRRRRRR

  • James Gleason

    really fun game through 40. Hope riemer is ok cause that would have been a scary situation. Corsi is favoring LA though 47-32

    • Tim Bayer

      Leafs’ shot attempts really plateaued after they tied it. Could be a hectic third. Hopefully Reimer holds up.

      • James Gleason

        uggghh the recap is goona suuuuck

  • James Gleason

    phew