After snapping their longest skid of the season, the Los Angeles Kings now look to begin a streak in a positive direction.
The Kings try to build on their first victory of the new year by preventing the Toronto Maple Leafs from winning their fourth straight road game Monday night.
Jarret Stoll scored twice, Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist and Jack Johnson added three assists as Los Angeles snapped a five-game slide with a 6-4 win over Columbus on Saturday.
The Kings (23-17-1) are 20-6-0 when scoring at least three goals.
"We definitely needed that win," said Johnson, who signed a seven-year, $30.5 million extension after the game. "After five losses, we've got to win five in a row now to get back to where we were."
The Kings are capable of making such a lengthy run.
Los Angeles lost seven of eight in November but followed with a 4-0-1 stretch. Four straight victories preceded the Kings' latest skid.
"Hopefully good things can start to happen here," coach Terry Murray told the Kings' official website.
Smyth staying hot would help. The veteran winger has six goals with two assists in the last six games, and six goals with three assists his last eight versus Toronto.
Jonathan Quick made 30 saves Saturday to snap his three-game losing streak, but he's allowed eight goals over his last two games. He stopped 25 shots in a 5-3 win at Toronto on Jan. 26 - his only appearance against the Maple Leafs.
Though Los Angeles has won three of four against Toronto, the Maple Leafs earned a 3-1 victory in their last trip to Staples Center on Dec. 1, 2008.
The Leafs (16-20-4) can win four straight on the road for the first time since Nov. 25-Dec. 3, 2009.
The most recent road victory came in impressive fashion, as Toronto scored six times in the second period of a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Friday. The Maple Leafs, winners of two straight and three of four, have scored 15 goals in the last two games and 20 in the three victories.
Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur scored twice against the Thrashers in Toronto's highest-scoring game since a 10-2 win at Boston on Jan. 4, 2007.
"It was one of those games when every shot is going in," MacArthur said.
After going a combined 0 for 8 on the power play the previous three games, the Leafs recorded a season-high five goals on seven chances with the man advantage Friday.
Grabovski has scored 12 of his 17 goals in his last 14 games. He had a goal in Toronto's most recent game at Los Angeles.
"He's been playing great almost all season long," coach Ron Wilson told the Maple Leafs' official website. "The puck's going in now. But you have to credit him. He's the guy that stays out after practice and works relentlessly at working on his shot."
James Reimer could be back in net after making 41 saves Friday. He has gone 2-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average in starting three of the last four games.
Reimer has been playing in place of Jonas Gustavsson, who has posted a 3.86 goals-against average while losing five of seven starts. He allowed four goals against the Kings last January.