Gameday 56 – Kings

7:00 pm
CONSOL Energy Center
TV: FSN/NHL Network US
At first we weren't sure whether we should post this here or on Wilkes-Blog.  Half of the forwards in the Pens line-up tonight started the season in the AHL (Chris Conner, Ryan Craig, Joey Vitale, Brett Sterling, Dustin Jeffrey and Nick Johnson.)  The good news is that Scuds is coming back to Pittsburgh tonight for the first time since the Cup win.  If anything should get you on your feet cheering tonight, it's Rob Scuderi.

Know your enemy: The Royal Half
What they are saying about the Kings:

How confident are the Los Angeles Kings right now? So confident that heading into the 2nd period of a pivotal game with the Calgary Flames… Drew Doughty sings along with Brooks & Dunn's "Play Something Country." 3 games on the road… 5 points… not bad, right? This whole "10 game roadtrip in February is going to be the death of this team thing" is over-rated, huh? Penguins on Thursday. Capitals on Saturday. Flyers on Sunday. Oh, boy.

Season series: N/A
Last meeting: November 5, 2009 – Kings Won 5-2.
What we said in our recap:

Going into this game, the Kings were as real as the Tooth Fairy to us. Coming out of this game, the Tooth Fairy is real and it will shit in your mouth. Anze Kopitar is the most imposing player the Pens have played against in a long time. The Pens needed Evgeni Malkin for this one, case closed. A vintage Chernobyl in the third period led to the Pens' demise. Any talk of injuries catching up to the Pens is garbage. They just didn't show up in the third period.

"The Pens needed Evgeni Malkin for this one." "…talk of injuries catching up…"
Penguins notes: Crosby has been found. Apparently someone turned the heat up in the Penguins locker room.'re not changing our Photoshop Expo. looks like there's no Kunitz tonight.
Kings notes:
We'd make mention of the fact that Alexei Ponikarovsky is making his return to Pittsburgh tonight, but that would imply that he actually showed up last year.
The Kings are on game four of a ten game road trip.
Line production the last 10 games: Penguins | Kings
Favorite Kings-related Photoshop or gif:
WBS Pittsburgh Penguins lines:

Pascal Dupuis – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Ryan Craig – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Brett Sterling – Dustin Jeffrey – Nick Johnson

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex GoligoskiDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Kings Lines from Empty Netters:

Andrei LoktionovAnze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Ryan SmythJarret Stoll – Justin Williams
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Michal Handzus – Wayne Simmonds
Kyle Clifford – Trevor Lewis – Brad Richardson

Willie Mitchell – Drew Doughty
Jack Johnson – Rob Scuderi
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Photoshop City:
YouTube City:
It's not actually from YouTube, but this is the last time Rob Scuderi played in Pittsburgh:
Pierre McGuire sucks.
Retro Kings vs. Penguins:

Wayne Gretzky sucks.
Do It.
Go Pens.