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Game Day Preview

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
GAME: Los Angeles Kings (7-5-2-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (4-9-2-0).

TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

A pair of teams look to end their recent struggles when the Los Angeles Kings continue their season-high eight-game road trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Los Angeles began the season 4-1-2, but has managed just three wins in eight its last eight games.

The Kings began their road trip with a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks and then beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2, before falling 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Los Angeles, in a stretch of playing 13 of 15 contests on the road, has lost four of its last six away from home.

Carlo Colaiacovo was sent back to the OHL on Monday.
Graig Abel Photography
"That's not like the L.A. Kings, that's not the way we had success the past two seasons," Los Angeles defenseman Mathieu Schneider said.

"We have to find a way to elevate our game. We can't look to our schedule as an excuse."

The Kings' four remaining games on their trip are against the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.

Los Angeles' next home game is on Nov. 23 against the Dallas Stars.

Toronto is returning home after a disastrous two-game road trip in which it was outscored 8-4, losing both contests.

The Leafs lost 6-3 to the Blues on Saturday, and have just two wins in their last 10 games.

"We're going to have to get through this," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "We're in a tough spot. We've got a lot of good people in our dressing room and collectively we're not getting it done."

Toronto started its season with losses in five of its first six home games, but it has gone 2-1-1 in its last four at Air Canada Centre.

"Some guys have been around here. We know what this city is about and the type of pressure that is here," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said.

"We have to play better as a group."

STANDINGS (through Nov. 10):
Kings - 17 points, 2nd place, 3 PB, Pacific Division.
Maple Leafs - 10 points, 4th place, 9 PB, Northeast Division.

Kings - Adam Deadmarsh, 7 goals; Four with 7 assists; Jason Allison, 11 points; Ian Laperriere, 45 PIM.
Maple Leafs - Alexander Mogilny, 8 goals, 11 assists and 19 points; Tie Domi, 36 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 10):
Kings - Power play: 14.1 percent (12 for 85), 21st (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.5 percent (71 for 85), 16th (tied).
Maple Leafs - Power play: 20.2 percent (17 for 84), 6th. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (78 for 93), 13th (tied).

Kings - Felix Potvin (6-4-2, 1 SO, 2.47 GAA); Jamie Storr (1-2-0, 3.39).
Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (3-5-2, 1, 2.68); Trevor Kidd (1-4-0, 4.23).

2001-02 SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 18; Kings, 3-1. At Toronto, Potvin made 22 saves against his former team, and Deadmarsh, Laperriere and Steve Heinze scored for the Kings.

Kings - 4-3-1-1 on the road;
Maple Leafs - 3-6-1-0 at home.
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