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Los Angeles goes for fifth straight victory; Polak to make season debut for Toronto

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

KINGS (6-0-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (6-2-0)

7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN4, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to five straight games and set a franchise record with points in eight straight games to start a season when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The Kings, who are the only NHL team without a regulation loss this season, tied their record of points in seven straight games (4-0-3) to start the 1995-96 season with a 6-4 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs had a three-game winning streak end with a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.


Players to watch

Forward Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with six goals in seven games, including two goals against the Blue Jackets on Saturday. Last season he didn't score his sixth goal until his 44th game.

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games, and is second on the team with nine points (three goals, six assists) in eight games.


They said it

"We're just playing a solid game, getting production from everybody. Every single guy on this team has a role and we're playing hard and having fun at the same time. We know how important these points are from the get-go and we're doing a pretty good job so far." -- Kings center Anze Kopitar

"The message got sent pretty good last game [against the Senators]. That helps me with the message on how you have to play against good teams. Don't turn over pucks. [The Kings] don't turn the puck over so we can't turn the puck over or else it just gets lopsided in a hurry and you don't have a whole lot of fun playing in your own zone." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli

Michael Cammalleri -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis

Andy Andreoff -- Brooks Laich -- Justin Auger

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Oscar Fantenberg -- Christian Folin

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Marian Gaborik (knee), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Jeff Carter (ankle)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- Mitchell Marner

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Eric Fehr, Josh Leivo, Connor Carrick

Injured: None


Status report

Polak, who signed a one year, $1.1 million contract Sunday, will make his season debut. Defenseman Calle Rosen was loaned to Toronto of the American Hockey League on Monday to make room for Polak on the 23-man roster. Fehr was placed on waivers.


Stat pack

The Kings have allowed 14 goals, fewest in the NHL; the Carolina Hurricanes are second with 16 goals allowed. … The Maple Leafs have scored a League-high 37 goals, one more than the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning.

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