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Preview: Kings at Maple Leafs

Anze Kopitar of Los Angeles, Auston Matthews of Toronto each aim to provide offensive spark

by David Alter / Correspondent

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

Peter Budaj

Jeff Zatkoff

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

Frederik Andersen

Jhonas Enroth


Scratched: Seth Griffith, Peter Holland, Frank Corrado

Injured:  Matt Hunwick (lower-body)

Status report

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.


Who's hot

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.

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