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Grueling Month of February Has Taken Its Toll on Toronto

After a surprisingly active trade deadline, the Maple Leafs will take their new-look team into the Staples Center tonight to take on the Kings as Toronto looks to halt a three-game skid. LA made some moves of its own before the deadline yesterday as Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi look to continue their defensive crusade back into the playoff picture.

SHARK BITES
  • The Kings are 2-6 SU and 1-7 on the puckline in their last 8 home games vs teams with losing teams.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Maple Leafs' last 5 games on the road against the Kings.
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games with 1 day off between games.

The month of February, in which they played 14 games in 28 days, was a grueling one for the Leafs and it resulted in a 5-5-4 record. They’ve had just one day off since their meeting with the Sharks in a game in which they were absolutely dominated and if their record with a day off between games is any indication, the Maple Buds should be a good fade in Twinkle Town tonight.

For the Kings, this will be their third game in four nights but with two stud goalies now occupying the depth chart in La La Land, they stand a much better chance in games for which they’ve had little rest. Additionally, the Leafs have not fared well in tight-checking hockey games of late and have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games that have been settled by two or fewer goals. Tight checking and possessing the puck are the two things the Kings excel at, so Toronto could be staring down the barrel of a four-game losing streak by the time tonight’s game ends.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Los Angeles sat as -148 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 0.2-0 result in favor of the Kings. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Toronto Maple Leafs have seen them go 28-21-13 so far this season, while the Kings are at 30-27-6. In totals betting, the Los Angeles Kings are 18-29-16, while the Maple Leafs are 28-33-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Toronto injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 14 (Los Angeles Kings) and the No. 13 (Toronto Maple Leafs) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Kings No. 26-ranked offense (2.46 goals per game) against a Toronto Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 25 at 2.98 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 17.05% rate while the Maple Leafs have a 84.08% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Sharks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -156 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Flames on February 28. Bettors who backed the Flames at -109 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
  • Toronto is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-14 ATS in its last 18 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Anaheim, Friday, March 3rd
Los Angeles home to Vancouver, Saturday, March 4th

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