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#39 Los Angeles Kings vs.
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Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh
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Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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 Trip

Los 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 Games

Pittsburgh 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 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.

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I like Pittsburgh in this matchup. They are hot and playing at home and up against a Kings team that is coming off just its second road win in 13 tries this season. Los Angeles isn’t a very good hockey team with horrible special teams and an even worse offense. Murray isn’t the best goaltender on the planet, but he’s good enough to beat the Kings on Saturday. I will play the Penguins to win this game.

Prediction: Pittsburgh

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I will play the UNDER in this one. Quick is still a reasonably decent goaltender, and I doubt he allows more than four goals against Pittsburgh. Murray is fair, and I don’t see the Kings getting more than a goal or two. My math says a 4-2 victory over the Kings, and I will be playing the UNDER in this matchup on Saturday.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.