The Kings stretched their win streak to 3 with a victory over the Leafs on Tuesday night. Los Angeles has won 5 of their last 6 contests overall.
Let's take a look at the numbers:
-The Kings scored 3 times in the second period, all assisted by Captain Dustin Brown.
-The Kings top line had a rough night. Kopitar, Simmonds, and Richardson were a collective minus-6 with one assist.
-3 penalties were called on the evening, affording the Kings with 2 powerplays. Dustin Brown's interference penalty just 1:15 into the game was the only Kings minor.
-The Kings struck on their first powerplay of the game, breaking an 0 for 27 drought on the man-advantage.
-Raitis Ivanans, replacing Teddy Purcell in the lineup, logged just 4:00 of ice-time, had no points, no PIMs, and was even.
-Drew Doughty tallied his 39th and 40th points of the season. He is on pace for 15 goals and 63 points this season. He had 27 points in 81 games last year.
-The Kings had 32 shots on goal, led by Anze Kopitar with 4. Only 3 Kings failed to tally a shot; Ivanans, O'Donnell, and Dustin Brown with his 3 assists.
-No Kings defenseman had less than 17:13 of ice-time. Matt Greene came in with the least minutes, still easing back into duty.
-The Leafs dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 56% of the draws.
-With the win, the Kings now have 63 points in 52 games. That puts them on pace for 99 points. The Kings finished with 79 points last season.
-With Nashville's loss to Columbus, the Kings break a tie and claim sole possesion of 6th place, without the need of a tiebreaker. Phoenix's victory over Detroit moves them 2 points ahead of Los Angeles, but the Kings still have a game at hand. Detroit's OT loss puts them one point ahead of a tanking Calgary and gives them sole possession of 8th place.
-The Kings have 30 games remaining this season, 13 of which are against teams currently in a playoff spot. 11 of the 13 are teams occupying a Western Conference playoff spot. Only 5 of the Kings remaining 30 games are against Eastern Conference foes.
The Kings return to action on Thursday against 14th place Columbus, 7pm ET.
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney