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Leafs Game Preview #9: Leafs visit the Kings

Tonight the Leafs head to Los Angeles as they take on the Kings. The Leafs will pull out their flipside jerseys that they co-created with Justin Bieber. It’s likely safe to assume that Bieber will be at the game tonight, but regardless, the Leafs have a job to do. Although their 4-3-1 record is much better than their 2-5-1 start last season, the team still hasn’t looked solid through 8 games. The Leafs made more line changes for tonight’s game which you can see below, as they look to leave LA with 2 points on the front end of back-to-back game days.

Leafs Projected Lineup


Bunting – Matthews – Marner

Kerfoot – Tavares – Nylander

Robertson – Järnkrok – Simmonds

Engvall – Kämpf – Aube-Kubel


Rielly – Brodie

Sandin – Holl

Giordano – Kral


Samsonov (confirmed starter)


Kings Projected Lineup


Kempe – Kopitar – Vilardi

Moore – Danault – Arvidsson

Grundstrom – Lizotte – Fiala

Lemieux – Anderson-Dolan – Kaliyev


Anderson – Doughty

Durzi – Roy

Edler – Clarke




Three Things to Look Out For

Filip Kral’s NHL Debut

As I mentioned in one of the preseason game previews, Kral has worked hard the past year and deserves a chance at the NHL level. Tonight, he will get that chance as he begins his NHL career. Coming off of a strong camp and start to the season with the Marlies, Kral was awarded a call-up to the Leafs due to some defensive injuries. Having Kral in the lineup gives the Leafs a better chance to see what his potential really is and that begins tonight.

Nick Robertson

Robertson will play his first game on the same line as his childhood hero, Wayne Simmonds, on the third line tonight. This is also the first game of the season where Robertson isn’t in the top 6. It will be important to Robertson if he wants to stay in the lineup to show that he can contribute on any line. Look out for a solid showing tonight with Robertson.

Justin Holl

Sheldon Keefe has stated that the Leafs defense hasn’t been good enough lately. In a later interview, when asked about Holl, he said that while Holl is an important person to the team, he has needed some honest and direct feedback as it seems to be snowballing. This essentially implies Holl isn’t playing well enough and has been getting worse. Look for Holl to have a good showing tonight, or he may end up watching from the press box.


This is a new segment of the pre-game articles, where each game, there will be three predictions that will be answered between our Leafs’ writing team, Leafs’ Late Night team, and a coin flip. We will track it throughout the season to see who is the most accurate! The coin flip will always have heads as the home team and tails as the away team.

Who will walk away with the win tonight?

Nathan: Leafs

Josh: Leafs

Mike: Kings

Steph: Leafs

Johnny: Leafs

Coin: Kings

Who will score first? Sharks or Leafs?

Nathan: Leafs

Josh: Kings

Mike: Kings

Steph: Leafs

Johnny: Leafs

Coin: Leafs

Will Samsonov make over/under 30.5 saves?

Nathan: Over

Josh: Under

Mike: Over

Steph: Over

Johnny: Under

Coin (over=heads, under=tails): Over

You can watch tonight’s game on Sportsnet One or CBC as the Leafs hope to walk away with 2 points in LA, starting at 7:00 pm EST.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to follow me on Twitter @nathan_bondy.

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