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Toronto plays Los Angeles for the first time this season

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 PM, ACC
TV: CBC
The enemy: Jewels From The Crown

With Reimer and Sparks both out, Bernier is the last goalie standing and wins the starting job by default. Bibeau will be backing him up tonight.

Los Angeles is in town on their yearly Eastern road trip. They shutout Montreal on Thursday and currently sit fourth in the league with a 20-9-2 record. The Leafs are tied for last place. This should be interesting.

Lines

Leafs (via Paul Hendrick)

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - P.A. Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Daniel Winnik - Peter Holland - Joffrey Lupul
Shawn Matthias - Byron Froese - Brad Boyes

Jake Gardiner - Dion Phaneuf
Matt Hunwick - Morgan Rielly
Martin Marincin - Roman Polak

Jonathan Bernier
Antoine Bibeau

Looks like Corrado was a one game thing as Babcock goes back to Marincin - Polak on the third pair. Also, Spaling's out until after Christmas at the earliest so Boyes draws back in. Grabner's up on the first line with Kadri and Komarov tonight. Should be interesting.

Kings

Your guess is as good as mine. I'll edit them in when I see them. These are their lines from Thursday's game against the Habs, via JFTC.

Milan Lucic - Anze Kopitar - Marian Gaborik
Michael Mersch - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson - Nick Shore - Dustin Brown
Andy Andreoff - Jordan Weal - Jordan Nolan

Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Christian Ehrhoff - Jamie McBain

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Last thoughts

Most of the media's pretty preoccupied with the World Juniors (Canada beat Belarus in pre-tournament action today), so the media in Leafland is pretty quiet ahead of tonight's game. Bless Paul Hendrick for actually talking about the Leafs today.