For the first of 15 times this season, the Kings will wear their ’90s inspired white and silver alternate uniforms — along with the chrome helmets — when they play in Toronto on Tuesday night. It’s a look they’ll become quite familiar with on their current road trip, as they’ll also be donning those Heritage threads in Ottawa and Philadelphia later this week.
On the ice, it will be a homecoming of sorts for Trevor Moore. While he’s actually a Southern California native, the 28-year-old forward was originally part of the Toronto organization coming out of the University of Denver. Moore eventually arrived in Los Angeles (along with a pair of third-round picks) as part of a Feb. 2020 trade that sent Kyle Clifford and Jack Campbell to the Maple Leafs.
Now in his fourth full season with the Kings, Moore currently leads the team with five goals in eight games.
There will be plenty of other star power on display tonight when the Kings and Maple Leafs faceoff. One thing is for sure when comparing these two teams through the first eight games of the season, they have no trouble scoring goals. Toronto brings a record of 5-2-1 into tonight while the Kings find themselves with a 4-2-2 mark so far.
When going up against an offensive powerhouse like Toronto, special teams is always a factor. Tonight is no different, as LA will look to find some consistency with the man advantage, and also to continue to kill penalties when playing shorthanded. The addition of veteran Trevor Lewis has proven to be valuable on the penalty kill; giving coach Todd McLellan’s squad another important weapon. Oh the flip side, sooner or later Adrian Kempe and Kevin Fiala are going to start scoring goals. They each have racked up the assists through eight games, it’s just a matter of time before both of these stars get hot — which should give the power play a much needed boost.
Out on the blueline, Drew Doughty will be looking to continue his recent hot streak. If the veteran defenseman has more late-game heroics up his sleeve, he can become the first player in NHL history to score either a game-tying or go-ahead goal within the final two minutes of regulation in three straight games. He recently did it on Oct. 27 in Arizona and Oct. 28 vs. Vegas.
With wins in all three of their previous road games thus far this season, the Kings would improve to 4-0 away from Los Angeles should they pick up a victory tonight.
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Byfield – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Kaliyev
Fiala – Dubois – Laferriere
Grundstrom – Lizotte – Lewis
Anderson – Doughty
Gavrikov – Roy
Englund – Spence
Likely scratches: Anderson-Dolan, Bjornfot
Key Game Info
Puck drop is set for 5:00 pm PST and will be televised by ESPN.
Across the Ice
Here’s how the Maple Leafs lined up at practice on Monday:
#Leafs lines at practice Oct. 30/23
— David Alter (@dalter) October 30, 2023
In an interesting piece of trivia, the Maple Leafs have earned 31 points (14-9-3) in games taking place on Halloween, the most by any franchise in NHL history. Additionally, their 14 wins on Oct. 31 ties them with the Rangers for the most among all clubs.
Leafs forward William Nylander is hoping to extend his season-opening point streak to a franchise-record nine games,
On This Day in Kings History
On October 31, 1997, Yanic Perreault recorded his first career hat trick in a 5-1 win for the @LAKings. Sandy Moger scored his first goal as a member of the #LAKings, and Glen Murray and Vladimir Tsyplakov both registered three assists against the Detroit Red Wings.#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/taf4NVzr7c
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) October 31, 2023
Game day graphic created by ALo Images
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