Where: PPG Paints Arena
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have a non-conference NHL game to consider for Saturday evening when the Los Angeles Kings meet the Pittsburgh Penguins for game one of a two-game season series. The Kings enter this matchup riding a two-game winning streak, and Pittsburgh has won four of its last five games and is hungry for more.
Kings Beat Ducks to Open Six Game Road TripLos Angeles has won consecutive games over the New York Rangers and began their six-game road trip with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim. The Kings suffered successive road losses to the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, and by the time Los Angeles comes home, they will have played eight of their last nine games away from STAPLES Center. Los Angeles has a road record of 3-12-1, and this could be a treacherous road trip for the Kings.
The Kings power-play unit is twenty-ninth in the NHL with a 13.1 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is thirtieth in the National Hockey League with a 73.3 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Jonathan Quick will likely start in goal for Los Angeles, and he’s 9-12-1 this season with a 3.03 GAA along with an 89 percent save percentage. Quick stopped 36 of 37 shots Thursday night for a 3-1 road win over the Ducks for his second consecutive victory.
Penguins Three Shutout Wins Over Past Five GamesPittsburgh has won four of its last five games, and three of those wins were shutouts, blanking St Louis, Arizona, and Columbus while allowing three goals in a 5-3 road win over the Detroit Red Wings. Pittsburgh is third in the Metropolitan Division standings and is 11 points behind division-leading Washington. The Penguins are listing Evgeni Malkin as questionable for this tilt after missing Thursday’s matchup with Columbus.
The Penguins have won nine-consecutive home games against the Blue Jackets dating back to December 21, 2015.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 13, 2019
Highlights from last night ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Vc3wFDMk0t
The Penguins power-play unit is twenty-third in the NHL with a 16.5 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is fifteenth in the National Hockey League with an 81.2 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Matt Murray is likely patrolling the cage on Saturday, and he’s 10-5-4 this season with a 2.85 GAA alongside an 89 percent save percentage. Murray didn’t get any of the three shutouts over their past five games but stopped all but three shots on goal in a 5-3 road win over Detroit.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are:
- Kings are 7-23 in their last 30 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Penguins are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a home underdog.