Pittsburgh Penguins (8-3-3) @ Los Angeles Kings (6-4-2)
Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
The Kings are quite the hockey team: Simon Gagne, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner, Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty and more. Plus, Mr. Leadership Mike Richards and The Piece Rob Scuderi.
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last meeting that counted: February 10, 2011. Pens won 2-1 [OT].
What we said in our recap:
Pens didn't play a trap for this game. They were all-systems-go. They relied on team speed, some scoring, solid defense, solid goaltending, and great penalty killing to win this game. Actually, that's what they've been doing all year.
Know Your Enemy: The Royal Half
What they're saying:
While former King and current Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has kept his team beyond competitive over the last season and 14 games with a depleted lineup, many Kings fans are starting to express that current head coach Terry Murray is underachieving with a loaded lineup. And at 44 seconds into his press conference after Thursday's uninspiring loss to the Edmonton Oilers... Coach Murray wanted you to be sure to know how much of the LA Kings success has come from the play of Dustin Penner.
The Royal Half is a quality blog.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Jordan Staal & Paul Martin are game-time decisions.
Sidney Crosby went to a doctor.
He'll resume practice on Monday.
Los Angeles Kings Notes:
Dustin Brown likes Call of Duty.
The Kings have trouble scoring.
Wayne Gretzky sucks.
Favorite Kings-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal*** - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Richard Park - Arron Asham
Craig Adams - Mark Letestu - Joe Vitale
Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin*** - Deryk Engelland
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy
*** Game-time decision.
Los Angeles Kings lines from Empty Netters:
Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Scott Parse - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Dustin Penner - Jarret Stoll - Brad Richardson
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Ethan Moreau
Rob Scuderi - Jack Johnson
Willie Mitchell - Drew Doughty
Alex Martinez - Matt Greene