The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't get the results they were looking for out in California, dropping two out of three games. They'll try to salvage a .500 road trip when they visit the St Louis Blues tonight.
Three pre-game thoughts
-Leaf's Head Coach Mike Babcock probably doesn't appreciate the fact that his team is playing in so many high scoring games. Babcock said after the 5-3 loss to the Kings that "you can't out-score your turnovers". The Leafs have already given up 49 goals in just 14 games, and those trends can't continue if the Leafs want to push for an Atlantic Division title
-The question will be there until Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen puts together a nice stretch of games, but he got off to a good start in California. In his games against the Ducks and Sharks, Andersen stopped 64 of 67 shots. If Andersen gets rolling and the defence starts to play more consistently in front of him, look out.
-Auston Matthews now has six points in his last five games, including a beautiful penalty shot goal against the Kings. The Hyman-Matthews-Nylander line continues to work and has been one of the loan constants for Mike Babcock early in the season. Matthews and Nylander have combined for 29 points in the teams first 14 games.
MAPLE LEAFS LINES
Zach Hyman-Auston Matthews-William Nylander
James van Riemsdyk-Patrick Marleau-Connor Brown
Leo Komarov-Nazem Kadri-Kasperi Kapanen
Matt Martin-Tyler Bozak-Mitch Marner
Morgan Rielly-Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner-Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman-Roman Polak
Vladimir Sobotka-Paul Stastny-Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz-Brayden Schenn-Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin-Oskar Sundqvist-Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall-Kyle Brodziak-Chris Thorburn
Carl Gunnarsson-Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson-Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn-Robert Bortuzzo