Face-off: 2200 ET, 24/11/2021
Venue: Staples Center
Los Angeles and Toronto head into this game at opposite ends of the spectrum and an intriguing counter is in store at Staples Center.
The Maple Leafs have climbed to second place in the Atlantic Division, while the Kings have dropped three straight home games.
We like the visitors to score the opening goal in the first period at 2.10 and win the first period at 2.40 to begin our Los Angeles Kings vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions.
Los Angeles Kings Odds
Los Angeles enjoyed a seven-game winning stretch and points in eight straight games but followed it up by losing the last three matches on their return to home ice.
The Kings won 5-1 when these two teams met earlier this season during that hot streak, with second-line centre Phillip Danault scoring twice.
Los Angeles played one of their best games of the season when outshooting the league-leading Carolina Hurricanes 43-20 but dropped a 5-4 decision on Saturday and followed it up with a 2-1 overtime loss to the league-worst Arizona Coyotes last time out.
The absence of star defenceman Drew Doughty has been glaringly obvious on their powerplay and they have gone just 3-35 since October 31.
Los Angeles have largely struggled to find the net and have scored two goals or less in four of their last five games.
Looking at the NHL odds for this clash, we like 3.50 for the Maple Leafs to win and the Kings to net less than twice.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
After an indifferent start to the season, Toronto have caught fire and have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games to climb up the standings.
Since that defeat to the Kings on home ice on November 8, the Leafs have gone 6-1 and last time out secured a 3-0 shutout win over the New York Islanders at the new UBS Arena.
The Leafs are 4-3 on the road, but have reeled those victories off in a row – two by shutout – after losing their first three away games.
We think 5.5 for the Leafs to win by exactly three goals is good value and 13.00 for a 4-1 scoreline is added to our NHL predictions.
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New York Islanders 0-3 Toronto
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