Game day: Los An­ge­les Kings at Leafs

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AIR CANADA CEN­TRE Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. TV: TSN4 Ra­dio: TSN Ra­dio 1050

Key play­ers: Drew Doughty, Kings, and Mitch Marner, Leafs. The Leafs’ young for­ward has been the team’s lead­ing of­fen­sive threat lately, with three goals and an as­sist in the last two games, and he and line­mates Tyler Bozak and James van Riems­dyk should see plenty of time against the Kings’ top de­fen­sive pair­ings. That means a lot of Doughty, the de­fend­ing Nor­ris Tro­phy win­ner.

Need to know: The Kings re­cently signed veteran An­ders Lind­back to a pro­fes­sional try­out and sent him to the mi­nors as they deal with a rough in­jury spell with their goalies. All-star starter Jonathan Quick is out about three months with a groin in­jury and backup Jeff Zatkoff was side­lined two weeks, also with groin prob­lems, be­fore be­ing ac­ti­vated Mon­day. In­terim starter Peter Bu­daj blanked the Flames 5-0 on Satur­day for his first shutout in more than three years . . . The win over Calgary was the Kings’ first in reg­u­la­tion this sea­son . . . Los An­ge­les was 27th in goals per game (2.3) through Sun­day. The Kings were shut out three straight games at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Up next: Fri­day vs. Philadel­phia Mark Zwolinski

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