Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs looked unstoppable in the early goings of the season with both John Tavares (F) and Auston Matthews (F) scoring more goals than a third of the league. Even with Matthews’ injury and William Nylander (F)’s holdout, Toronto is still scoring at will. They are sixth in the NHL in goals per game (3.4) and are one of the best road teams. They should invade Los Angeles with little problem.
Los Angeles Kings
Time may have passed the Kings. The two-time Stanley Cup champions are dead-last in the NHL in points (11) thanks to a stagnant offence, which has only produced 2.06 goals per game (last in the league). They still have a solid defence and Jack Campbell (G) has played well in Jonathan Quick (G)’s absence. But unless they can solve their scoring woes, they will be outgunned by Toronto.
The Kings have conquered the Leafs in their last few meetings, but this was mostly when they were at their peak as a Stanley Cup threat while Toronto was a rebuilding franchise. Now, the tables have turned in a big way. Toronto is shooting for the Cup while the Kings might soon be rebuilding. At this point, Toronto should defeat Los Angeles.