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.
4:00 PM PT
Consol Energy Center
TV: FS-W RADIO: KEIB AM1150
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.
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
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.