Game 54 Preview – Penguins and Kings

The Pens Nation Gameday Report

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82)

Last Game for the Penguins:

Penguins 3 – Sabres 0


Chris Kunitz (26) – ASST: (Brian Gibbons (5), Sidney Crosby (46))
Deryk Engelland (4) – ASST: Craig Adams (3), Tanner Glass (7)
Tanner Glass (3) – ASST: Craig Adams (4), Sidney Crosby (47)


Last Game for the Kings:

Coyotes 3 – Kings 0



Oliver Ekman-Larsson (7) – ASST: Antoine Vermette (13)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (8) – ASST: Shane Doan (16), Mikkel Boedker (20)
Antoine Vermette (19) – ASST: Mikkel Boedker (21), Lauri Korpikoski (13)

Last Time These Two Teams Met:

Penguins 3 – Kings 2 (SO)


Steve Sullivan (1) – ASST: Kris Letang (12), James Neal (5)
Chris Kunitz (5) – ASST: Jordan Staal (4), Pascal Dupuis (7)
Shootout – Kris Letang, Chris Kunitz

Anze Kopitar (7) – ASST: Justin Williams (6), Matt Greene (3)
Simon Gagne (4) – ASST: Anze Kopitar (9), Justin Williams (7)

Last 10 Games for the Penguins:  7-2-1.

Last 10 Games for the Kings:  3-6-1.

Story of the Game:  The Penguins open up their two-game road trip against the Kings.  Do not let the Kings’ third place standing in their division fool you; if they were in the East their 66 points would be good for third place in the whole conference.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are 7-0-1 against the Pacific division, which is arguably the toughest in the NHL.  With their last game in January, the Penguins are hoping to put this month behind them.  While it did not show in the win column, the Penguins struggled in keep to keep their opponents off the board in January, allowing a season-high 2.9 goals against per game.  With all the injuries up and down the lineup, the Penguins are probably hoping to get through the next five games until the Olympic break in one piece.

Penguins All-Time Record Against the Kings:  60-69-18-1.

Player to Watch on the Penguins:  Olli Maatta has seven points (2g-5a) in his last 10 games.

Player to Watch on the Kings:  Jeff Carter has six points (4g-2a) in his last 10 games.