It's the most wonderful time of the season for any fan of an NHL Eastern Conference team: the California Road Trip! You get a perfect excuse to stay up really late and watch hockey. There's even back to back games on Wednesday and Thursday! Sucks to be a player though.
Remember what happened when the Leafs made the trek to the golden state last season?
March 10: Leafs 3, Ducks 1
March 11: Leafs 2, Sharks 6
March 13: Leafs 3, Kings 2
From there it must have been all rainbows and sunshine straight to the playoffs!
Oh. Right. Some other stuff happened.
March 16 Leafs 2, Caps 4
March 18 Leafs 2, Wings 3
March 19 Leafs 3, Bolts 5
March 22 Leafs 3, Habs 4
March 23 Leafs 2, Devils 3
March 25 Leafs 3, Blues 5
March 28 Leafs 2. Flyers 4
March 29 Leafs 2, Wings 4
So, here we go again. Will the Leafs new coaching staff steer the boat through to calm waters on the other side of Cali? Or will they just start to burn the boats in LA?
TONIGHT: The Kings
The Kings are in a spot of trouble with injuries right now. Rookie Tanner Pearson, just named to the All-Star game skills competition, broke his fibula. Tyler Toffoli is out with mono. Someone get him some magazines! Quick is still in net, which will be awkward because he still has feelings for Bernier, and we know they are no longer requited. Maybe that will throw him off his game?
The Kings are once again a high possession team. Puck On Net lists the Kings even-strength score adjusted corsi at 54.2 for the season to date. That's fourth in the league behind only the Hawks, Bolts, and Wings. The Leafs rank 27th at 44.5. But we've got a whole new coach now, and he's apparently making changes, so we will see.
As a result of playing on the wrong coast, this week's games will all be late. It's a 10:30PM EST start tonight broadcast on Sportsnet, so maybe take a mid-afternoon nap!