The Maple Leafs and Kings are set to face off at 10:30 ET on ESPN+. The Kings will host the game at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6.5 goals, and the Kings are favored to win at home against the Maple Leafs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Kings -1.5

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES KINGS:

  • The Kings enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Kings on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Maple Leafs (+1.5)

Will the Maple Leafs Win on the Road?

The Maple Leafs come in with an overall record of 17-10-7. On the road, Toronto has a 8-3-5 record, whereas they are 9-7-2 at home. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 7th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Toronto posted a 10-24 record. On the road they are 4-12 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 6-12. The average goal total for Toronto’s games is sitting at 7.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Maple Leafs come in with an over/under record of 19-14-1.

Across the Maple Leafs last three road games, the team averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 5. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.

The Maple Leafs come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 10th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 16th in the league. This season, the Maple Leafs are 7-4 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-5 record.

Toronto will be looking for a good game from Auston Matthews who leads the team in scoring with 29 goals, ranking 1st in the NHL. Matthews also comes into the game with 15 assists.

The Kings defense is currently 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 26.6 shots per game against Los Angeles. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 6th with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Los Angeles, goalie Martin Jones has started six games in this season. His current record is 4-3, and his save percentage stands at 0.36633663366336633%.

Are Los Angeles Ready for a Home Win?

This season, the Kings have put together an overall record of 20-9-5. When playing on the road, Los Angeles has gone 13-2-1, while their home record stands at 7-6-4. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 6th in the Western conference.

When it came to the puck line, Los Angeles have posted a 18-15 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 10-6, while they are 8-9 at home. On average, Los Angeles’ games have finished with 5.9 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Kings come in with an over/under record of 12-20-1.

Through their last three home games, Los Angeles has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Kings come in averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, which is 15th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. Los Angeles’ offense comes into the game ranked 21st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 8th in the NHL.

Los Angeles’ current leading scorer is Trevor Moore. This season, he has 17 goals, which puts him 21st in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 9 assists so far.

Defensively, the Kings are currently 32nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 26.6 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 6th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Cam Talbot gets the start and has made 23 starts this season. His record at this point is 14-7, and his save percentage is 0.8910891089108911%.