The Toronto Maple Leafs bid to rebound from their first loss away from home on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings, who are wrapping up their season-high seven-game homestand. The Maple Leafs saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt and fell to 6-1-0 on the road following a disheartening 5-1 setback at Boston on Saturday.
"I don't think about 6-1, I think about 0-1," Toronto coach Mike Babcock told reporters of the loss. "Let's just get regrouped and get back at (it). Things have gone well for us all year and we plan on regrouping and playing well." John Tavares scored Toronto's lone goal versus the Bruins to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists) while boosting his point total to 19 - with 13 coming on the road. While the Maple Leafs' fortunes have been rather promising this season, the Kings were dealt yet another blow after learning that goaltender Jack Campbell will miss four to six weeks with a torn left meniscus. Peter Budaj is expected to be Los Angeles' starting netminder on Tuesday, although his lone appearance this season came on Oct. 13.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Ontario (Toronto), FS West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (11-6-0): Defenseman Morgan Rielly set up Tavares' 10th goal on Saturday to give him points in back-to-back games and seven (three goals, four assists) in his last six. Mitch Marner also had an assist against Boston and scored a goal in Toronto's 4-1 win over Los Angeles on Oct. 15. Kasperi Kapanen tallied twice against the Kings, but has been held off the scoresheet in five of his last six games overall.
ABOUT THE KINGS (5-10-1): Los Angeles recalled goaltender Cal Petersen from Ontario of the American Hockey League to replace the roster spot of Campbell, who fell to 5-7-0 on the season after turning aside 35 shots in Saturday's 1-0 setback versus Calgary. The 24-year-old Petersen posted a 2-3-1 mark, 4.29 goals-against average and .881 save percentage with the Reign this season after ranking first in wins and tied for first in shutouts among AHL rookies in 2017-18. The Kings haven't given their goaltenders much offensive support this season, scoring a league-worst 2.06 goals per game entering play on Monday.
1. Los Angeles has been held to one goal or fewer in seven of its first 16 games.
2. Maple Leafs LW Patrick Marleau has 90 points (41 goals, 49 assists) in 111 career encounters with the Kings.
3. Los Angeles LW Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored in the first meeting versus Toronto, leads his team in goals (five) and points (14) while his assists (nine) are tied with D Drew Doughty for top honors.
PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 6, Kings 1 Bet Now
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