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Matthews can set Toronto records for goals, multipoint games to start season

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (2-2-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (5-1-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; SNO, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Forward Auston Matthews will try to become the first Toronto Maple Leafs player to score a goal and have multiple points in each of the first seven games of a season when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Matthews leads the NHL in goals (10) and points (14). He also can become the fifth NHL player to begin a season with multiple points in seven straight games.

Goalie Garret Sparks will make his second start of the season for the Maple Leafs, who will try for their fifth win in a row. Toronto went 4-0-0 on a road trip that concluded with a 4-2 victory against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Eamon McAdam was recalled from Newfoundland of the ECHL on an emergency basis to be the backup. Frederik Andersen is day to day with a knee injury.

Goalie Jack Campbell will start for the Kings in the final game of their four-game road trip. Los Angeles is 1-2-0 on the trip, including a 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Campbell was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 11 shots.

 

Players to watch

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is plus-5 and has had at least 27:00 of ice time in four of five games.

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) during a six-game point streak to start the season. He's second to Matthews in the NHL in points and could become the fifth defenseman in NHL history with at least 14 points in his team's first seven games.

 

They said it

"I don't think it's hype when you look at their record so give them credit, they've had a very good start, they've got a real good team, and for me, if you're asking what I feel about their team, that's me being completely honest with you. I'd say the credit they're getting right now is well deserved." -- Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf on the Maple Leafs' start

"It's his drive. He just wants to always improve and he works on everything. He was good at everything when he came into the League and he just keeps on getting better at everything that he's already good at." -- Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman on Auston Matthews

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Nate Thompson -- Michael Amadio -- Jeff Carter

Kyle Clifford -- Jaret Anderson-Dolan -- Trevor Lewis

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Oscar Fantenberg -- Dion Phaneuf

Jack Campbell

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Austin Wagner

Injured: Dustin Brown (broken finger), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Jonathan Quick (lower body)

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Patrick Marleau -- Auston Matthews -- Kasperi Kapanen

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Par Lindholm -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson -- Frederik Gauthier -- Josh Leivo

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott -- Igor Ozhiganov

Garret Sparks

Eamon McAdam

Scratched: Tyler Ennis, Martin Marincin, Justin Holl

Injured: Frederik Andersen (knee)

 

Status report

Fantenberg will play his first game since Oct. 5. He was a healthy scratch the previous four games. ... McAdam, a third-round pick (No. 70) of the New York Islanders in the 2013 NHL Draft, has never played in the NHL. He had a 2.77 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in nine games last season with Bridgeport, the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate.

 

Stat pack

The Kings are 0-for-18 on the power play this season. … Marner has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past five games. … Tavares has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past four games.

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