Leafs goalie Andersen out day-to-day with knee injury

William Nylander

William Nylander

Garret Sparks had a lot of thoughts rattling in his head before his first start of the season. He didn't have a chance to overthink his second outing.

"He's different than what we have, a big man", Babcock said of the Leafs running into "heavy" teams of late. The changing of the gardien de but came about when McElhinney and Pickard were claimed on waivers by Carolina and Philadelphia, respectively, and Andersen developed a knee injury out of Saturday's 4-2 win in Washington.

The Maple Leafs are now 6-1-0 (2-1-0 at home, 4-0-0 on the road) and have scored 33 goals in that time (4.71 goals per game).

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen shoots the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Sparks, who spent the last two seasons in the AHL, made a home start for Toronto for the first time since April 6, 2016. Jack Campbell stopped 21 shots for Los Angeles. The play started with Matthews fighting off Kings defenseman Drew Doughty before finding Gardiner at the point.

Personally I was very happy to see Leivo pop one in on the power play as he's paid his dues and he really looks like he's ready to contribute on a nightly basis for the Leafs.

Since Kapanen has been paired on Toronto's top line with Matthews and veteran Patrick Marleau against Chicago on October 7, the 22-year-old Finnish speedster has accumulated four goals and four assists and has made Leafs fans forget about the contract negotiations involving forward William Nylander. Matthews has 12 points in the five games the line has been together, while Kapanen has eight and Marleau three. "But there's been lots of conversations with [trainer Chris Kingsley] and [strength and development coach] Matt Price in making sure we're communicating with him and how he's feeling".

The Kings, coming off a 5-1 loss at Ottawa on Saturday, almost tied it moments later, but Tyler Toffoli's shot pinged off the post and stayed out.

The Leafs regained a two-goal lead at 8:28. Zach Hyman stepped around the blue liner before absorbing an attempted sandwich hit by Doughty and Dion Phaneuf, leaving the puck for John Tavares to find a wide-open Marner at the side of the net to tap in his third goal and 11th point.

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Tavares also now has 11 points, while Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, who was held off the scoresheet Monday, has 13. "Also having Patty [Marleau] there, Patty's an outstanding player as well so it's been clicking for us".

"It's something we're going to have to monitor", Stevens said.

"To be honest, I didn't even think of that", Kapanen said Tuesday referring to Nylander.

Sparks made a nice blocker stop on Toffoli right before Marner's goal.

The penalty kill once again looked solid, going three for three and preventing the Kings from scoring their first power play goal of the season.

Toronto put things to bed at 7:45 of the third when Matthews outwaited a sliding Doughty on a 2-on-1 before feeding Kapanen, who beat Campbell on a backhand upstairs. Jeff Glass, the Marlies' backup, is on an AHL-only contract.

Kings: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

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