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Kicking off Tuesday's slate of NHL games is the Eastern vs. Western Conference matchup between the Los Angeles Kings (4-2-2) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (5-2-1)
The Kings were feeling great about their early season and rebounded by winning four of five games after losing their first two games of the season. The Kings looked to make that progress against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the Vegas Golden Knights but fell 4-3.
The Maple Leafs started the season with an overall record of 5-2. Toronto ended its five-game road trip losing their game in the stretch to the Nashville Predators 3-2. The Maple Leafs have a habit of losing tough games to inferior opponents such as the Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Kings come into this game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the league by averaging 4.38 goals per game. Their offense and their ability to spread the puc throughout the ice is a huge indication of why they're a threat for the Western Conference Playoffs. Left-wing Kevin Fiala leads the Kings in points accounted for (11) and assists accounted for (10). 11 players this season have accounted for more than two goals in eight games this season.
While the Maple Leafs do not have the same high-scoring productivity as the Kings, they are possess something the Kings don't have; an elite player. Toronto averages 3.50 goals per game thanks to the leadership and playmaking of center Auston Matthews, who has scored a team-high seven goals this season. Right-wing William Nylander is turning into an elite player for the Maple Leafs by accounting for six goals and six assists this season.
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The final NHL game of the night is set for a rematch matchup between the Nashville Predators (4-4) at the Vancouver Canucks (5-2-1). The Predators and the Canucks previously faced each other last Tuesday as the Canucks took the 3-2 win with two of their goals early in the second period. Five different scorers got to score a goal in the matchup.
The Canucks come into this game with a better offense and a more efficient defense. The Predators are coming into this game with the ability to win certain matchups and play more strategically.
The Canucks are fifth in the NHL in goals per game (3.88). Center Elias Pettersson leads the team in points accounted (13) and assists (11). Center J.T. Miller has accounted for 12 points, with four of them being goals and eight being assists. Right-wing Brock Boeser leads the team in goals scored with six.
The Canucks are fifth in goals allowed per game (2.38), but followed quickly by the Predators ranking seventh in goals allowed per game (2.63).
Vancouver possesses a reliable set of goalies this season in Thatcher Demko (93.6% saves) and Casey DeSmith (91.4% saves). Nashville's Jusse Saros (91.5% saves) is a player who has saved 194 shots and 212 shot attempts.
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