Jan 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) battles for the puck with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the game at Staples Center. The Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Pittsburgh Penguins Game Preview


The Los Angeles Kings put their 7 game road winning streak on the line against a powerful Eastern Conference opponent for their last game of the season in the Eastern time zone.

Kings logo (42-25-6, 90 points)  3rd Pacific Division

VS

penguins logo(46-21-5, 97 points) 1st Metropolitan Division

4:00 PM PT

Consol Energy Center

TV:  FS-W  RADIO:  KEIB AM1150

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams.  Pittsburgh walked into Staples and beat the Kings 4-1 in late January.

 

LAST GAMES

The Kings had a see-saw game against the Washington Capitals, but ended up skating away with a 5-4 shootout victory on Tuesday night.  Phoenix went into Pittsburgh and beat the Penguins 3-2, also on Tuesday.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Drew Doughty, LAK – The Kings’ best all-around defenseman will be counted upon to shut down the Penguins star center Sidney Crosby. He will also be counted upon to produce offensively.

 

Sidney Crosby, PIT – The NHL’s leading point getter with 95, also leads in assists (61) and is 5th in goals (34).  He captained Team Canada to a gold medal in the Sochi Olympics.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1)  Hurting Pens – The Penguins have had a rash of injuries this season, to many of their most important players.  The most recent is Evgeni Malkin, who will be out for 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.

2)  Streaking Kings – The Kings have won 7 straight on the road, and look to make it 8.  They have had a tough time against the elite teams in the league, and this could be another chance to make a statement, even though it is against an Eastern Conference team.

3) Playoff Preparation – The Penguins look to be solidly in the first spot in the Metropolitan division, and will play the top wild card team.  They really don’t have a ton to play for except preparing to meet the postseason grind, where they have collapsed in the past couple of seasons well before they would have liked.

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