Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles Kings Prediction, NHL Odds

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The Maple Leafs commence 2024 with a Californian swing. Their first match is Tuesday evening in Los Angeles versus the Kings.

January 02, 2024, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
Los Angeles
Puckline +2.5 -150
Puckline -2.5 +110

A new year is an opportunity for the Toronto Maple Leafs to turn the page on a December that ended with a whimper. Losers of five out of six, their latest defeat was Saturday at home to the Hurricanes, 3-2. The Kings didn’t do themselves any favours at the tail end of 2023 either, losing three of five, most recently 3-2 to the Oilers at home.

L.A. is deemed the favourite for Tuesday’s contest, with the NHL odds pegging them at -135 on the moneyline and +170 on the puckline.

Maple Leafs vs. Kings NHL Betting Odds

Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting between the Leafs and Kings. They clashed in Toronto on Halloween night, with the visitors skating to a 4-1 victory. Neither side has mustered a winning streak since the Kings did so between March 2020 and November 2021. Since then each club has swapped victories. Curiously, in none of the nine previous tête-à-têtes has the loser scored more than two goals a game, and that amount was only scored twice.

Toronto is terrible against the spread, we know. At least their one-goal loss to Carolina on Saturday resulted in a cover given that they were +1.5 underdogs. That improved their record to 10-24. One thing betters can count on however is that the over has better chances of connecting. The club is 19-14-1 in that respect.

This matchup specifically has the potential to make good on the over. Both Toronto and Los Angeles are top 10 teams offensively. The Leafs net 3.53 (sixth) times a game and the Kings 3.48 (seventh). On the flip side, the Kings are the number one side in the NHL in goals against per match, allowing only 2.33. Furthermore, the Kings are a sounder bet on the puckline with an 18-15 tally.

Toronto Maple Leafs

By the time Saturday night’s game concluded, one would think the Toronto Maple Leafs were more than happy to leave 2023 in the rear-view mirror. They suffered another loss despite a decent performance and one of their former players came back to haunt them.

The first bad omen came in the opening stanza when Sebastien Aho fed former Leafs Michael Bunting (eighth, power play) in the slot to make it 1-0. Then, in the second period, less then 10 seconds into another power play the Hurricanes caught the Toronto defence off guard in a rush, allowing Seth Jarvis (13th) to tap in a pass to make it 2-0. Aho would complete the evening with an empty net goal late in the third period after Timothy Liljegren scored his first of the campaign with a lovely wrister. The bizarre and ironic cherry on this disappointing sundae was a Nicholas Robertson (fifth) goal in the dying seconds that took several minutes to review. It certainly looked as though the Canes goalie made a sensational save but the reality was that his glove, which held the puck, was behind the goal line. Yet it was all for naught since it merely made it a 3-2 loss anyway.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings have played their recent opponents tough, that much needs to be said. However, a loss is still a loss, and the Californian club is riding a two-game losing streak as they enter Tuesday’s match.

They were last seen in action at home to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. It’s safe to say they allowed the game to escape them. L.A. began brilliantly, with goals from Kevin Fiala (eighth, power play and a stunning one-timer rocket) and Adrian Kempe (12th). At home, with the crowd buzzing, and a 2-0 advantage. What could go wrong? Well, the Kings never scored again, stymied by Edmonton netminder Stuart Skinner. Moreover, Connor McDavid got cooking in the middle period, scoring once (13th) and assisting on the tying goal. The contest would require a shootout, which L.A. also led – three times – but could not win, eventually falling 3-2.

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