Toronto Maple Leafs - Los Angeles Kings predictions and free betting tips [01/11/2023]
Scotiabank Arena, Los Angeles Kings vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs from Toronto are showcasing average performances, largely being saved by their offensive prowess that registers an average of 3.5 goals per game and has scored 14 goals in the last 4 matches. From an individual standpoint, William Nylander, Auston Matthews, and John Tavares have collectively bagged 17 goals and 16 assists. Mitch Marner, Matthew Kneis, and Max Domi have also excelled, combining for 4 assists. Defenders Morgan Rielly and John Klingberg have contributed, adding 2 goals and 10 assists.
The team have had certain issues with defence, conceding an average of 3 goals per match. Though Rielly and TJ Brodie are doing reasonably well in defence, the rest of the team is crumbling, allowing opponents to take dangerous shots. Goalkeeper Joseph Woll has been the bright spot in the team, boasting a save percentage of .961 with an average rating of 1.33 against 127 shots on goal.
Toronto is looking for a way to win after 6 defeats in a row. Their next home game becomes their first since 16 October. Auston Matthews leads the team with 7 goals, John Tavares has provided 7 assists, and William Nylander has logged 34 shots on goal. In terms of defence, the team has a save percentage of 74.1% when playing short-handed. Ilya Samsonov has conceded 17 goals against 107 shots, while Joseph Woll has let in 5 goals out of 127 shots.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings from Los Angeles are showcasing splendid results this season. Their offence is in strong form, averaging 4.38 goals per game, and they've netted 14 goals in their last three matches. Kevin Fiala, Anze Kopitar, and Adrian Kempe together have collected seven goals and made 20 assists, leading the team to success. Trevor Moore, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Blake Lizotte have also shown up, scoring 10 goals and assisting seven times. Mike Anderson and Drew Doughty, the defenders, have supported the team's offensive potential, adding 5 goals and 5 assists.
However, while the team's offence impresses, their defence has faced some difficulties, conceding 3.50 goals on average per match. This has been particularly noticeable in the last two matches where the team has conceded eight goals. While Anderson and Doughty demonstrate steady results in defence, other players are struggling. Goalkeeper Cam Talbot has faced issues, his save percentage stands at .905 and his average rating is 2.72 goals per game from 168 shots. After the first 8 matches, Kings are on a quest for victories, especially considering that they won all their initial three away matches. Despite the problems in defence, the team blocks 85.7% of opponent shots when playing in the majority.
Predictions for the match: Toronto Maple Leafs - Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have had a confident start to the season with three away victories, whereas the Maple Leafs have shown skill, specifically in defence. Auston Matthews and John Tavares will be key attackers for Toronto whilst their defenders, including Morgan Rielly and TJ Brodie, will endeavour to limit Los Angeles' offence. This match marks the first home game for the Maple Leafs in the last two weeks, making it significant for their fans. I'm backing the hosts for the win.