KINGS (6-6-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (5-4-3)
7:30 pm. ET; TVAS, TSN4, FS-W, NHL.TV
Kings team scope
Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar has two goals in 12 games and has no points in his past five, but those numbers do not appear to be much concern to Kings coach Darryl Sutter. "He's a great player," Sutter said of Kopitar. "Most great players lead by example and he's done just that." The Kings have scored eight goals in their past two games, but were shut out in their previous three, and have 28 goals in 12 games. Goaltender Peter Budaj will start. Has won his past two starts and is 6-3-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average in 10 games (nine starts). Los Angeles begins a five-game road trip on Tuesday. They are 1-4-0 on the road.
Maple Leafs team scope
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has one point, an assist, in his past six games after having six goals and four assists in his first six NHL games. Matthews will face Kopitar for the first time in League competition.
"He's definitely a player I always liked to watch and looked it," Matthews said. "I played against him in pre-tournament games in the World Cup, so it's going to be fun playing against him tonight." The Maple Leafs are on a season-high three-game winning streak.
Kings projected lineup
Tanner Pearson - Anze Kopitar - Teddy Purcell
Dwight King - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown - Nic Dowd - Devin Setoguchi
Kyle Clifford - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis
Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Kevin Gravel - Matt Greene
Scratched: Tom Gilbert, Jordan Nolan
Injured: Andy Andreoff (upper-body), Marian Gaborik (lower-body), Brayden McNabb (upper-body), Jonathan Quick (lower-body)
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Matt Martin - Ben Smith - Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly - Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin - Connor Carrick
Jake Gardiner - Roman Polak
Scratched: Seth Griffith, Peter Holland, Frank Corrado
Injured: Matt Hunwick (lower-body)
Zatkoff was activated from injured reserve on Monday. He missed eight games with a lower-body injury and will serve as backup to Budaj against the Maple Leafs. Hunwick skated with Toronto on Tuesday. He last played Oct. 25 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and there is no timetable for his return.
Lewis has goals in back-to-back games. Setoguchi is coming off a two-goal performance in a 5-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. … Marner has three goals and an assist in his past two games.