This season the Toronto Maple Leafs have relied on the dynamic duo of the Phil Kesseland Joffrey Lupul to be the offensive catalyst of this team.
Having lost six of their last eight games, the Maple Leafs are in much needed help of putting more pucks in the net. Head Coach Ron Wilson hopes that reuniting the line that lead the Maple Leafs 2010/11 offensive punch in Monday’s night game against the Los Angeles Kings, will be the key in getting a much needed win.
Therefore expect Mikhail Grabovski to have Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur as his wing man in tonight’s game. This trio has only played 16 times together this season, where they have scored a combined 12 goals and 23 points. While Tim Connolly centers the top line with Kessel and Lupul by his side. Then on the 3rd line we should see Tyler Bozak to be on a line with Matt Frattin and Colby Armstrong.
Taking a closer look what Grabovski, Kulemin and MacArthur have done this season. MacArthur’s 9 goals are good for 3rd place on the team, while Grabovski 8 goals is good for 4th. But the huge disappointment this year is in Kulemin’s offensive performance where he has scored 3 goals in 32 games, this after scoring 30 goals last season. Even through 17 games played Cody Franson has scored 3 goals.
Another key to Toronto making the playoffs this season is the production of Grabovski, Kulemin and MacArthur. They need to step their game up whether this trio is playing together or not.
After tonight’s match up against the struggling Kings, the Maple Leafs travel to Buffalo to face the division rivals, the Sabres, on Thursday.
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