Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 54: Los Angeles Kings

Pittsburgh Penguins (37-14-2) @ Los Angeles Kings (30-19-6)
ROOT, FS-W – 10:30 pm/et 
Staples Centers – Los Angeles, CA

This should be a fun one if you manage to stay up late enough to see the whole thing. Scuderi returns to LA to face his old team.

The Kings are having some trouble scoring. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter don't know what "trouble scoring" means.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (27G, 47A, 74P)
Kings: Anze Kopitar (15G, 27A, 42P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (8-2-1, 2.80 GAA, .903 Sv% )
Kings: Jonathan Quick (15-10-2, 2.05 GAA, .917 Sv% )

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Buffalo Sabres 3-0.
Kings: Lost to Phoenix Coyotes 3-0.

Previews from Team Websites: [Penguins] [Kings

Opposition Blog: [The Royal Half]
What They're Saying (on Kings.NHL.com): "The Royal Half Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins"

Tuesday night, on the 2nd game of a back-to-back, the LA Kings put forth a listOH MY GOD DID YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT IN EDMONTON?!?!?!?!?

What Happened Last Time: November 5, 2011 – Pens won 3-2 (SO) [Our Recap]

The Pens are skating wounded. They have been since February 2011, but now it's getting ridiculous. Ben Lovejoy's out. Michalek's out. Niskanen was out for this one. The Pens' blue line this game included two guys who haven't suited up for the Penguins all season. It's pretty impressive that there weren't any defensive breakdowns; it was actually a couple of bizarre turnovers that almost did the Penguins in. That and the relentless slashing and stickwork from the Kings. It was getting ridiculous. But the Pens persevered. Kunitz tied it in the shadow of the final buzzer and then he won it in the shootout. Chris Kunitz nowhere to be found in the 3 Stars of the game.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Jeff Zatkoff. The Kings are having some troubles scoring recently, but they still have a lot of firepower.

Kings Player(s) to Watch: Anze Kopitar. Because he's good.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Our love affair with The Royal Half is making this all very tough for us.

Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons
Jussi  Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Taylor Pyatt – Craig Adams – Deryk Engelland

Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen

Jeff Zatkoff

Los Angeles Kings lines via Daily Faceoff:

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Trevor Lewis – Mike Richards – Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford – Jarret Stoll – Dustin Brown
Jordan Nolan – Colin Fraser – Tyler Toffoli

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Michell – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick