"The pressure [in Toronto] is immense. You can cut it with a knife," Weekes said. "[The Maple Leafs] don't defend very well. That was something that was their Achilles' heel last season, yielding north of 35 shots per game, very difficult for any goalie to be able to be successful, let alone to be a top-10 guy in save percentage (.923) the way Bernier was under that type of nightly duress from a shot standpoint.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang joined NHL Live to discuss how he's feeling after recovering from a stroke sustained last season and to provide his thoughts on the Penguins under first-year coach Mike Johnston.
Letang, 27, missed 26 regular-season games after having the stroke. He returned for the final three games and played 13 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"The summer went really well," Letang said. "It was a summer for me when I had to push harder to see if my body was ready to enter a new season, making sure my body was going to react well to the level that we play at. We did all the tests possible. In the gym I kind of pushed myself and I think it went really well."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined NHL Live in studio to touch on a variety of topics.
"We're coming off what may have been our best season ever, which came off our then best season ever, which came off our then best season ever," Bettman said. "The hockey's been great and the business around the game has been terrific, and we can't wait to get started again. Last season was phenomenal.
"Six outdoor games, the Olympics, everything else we did around the game to celebrate our sport and our players, it was incredible."
The Kings, who are attempting to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, begin their defense of the Cup on Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN), and essentially return the same team that defeated the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.