KINGS (42-25-6) at PENGUINS (46-21-5)
4:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
WADDLING FROM WASHINGTON: This is the second and final meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. The Kings fell 4-1 to Pittsburgh at STAPLES Center on January 30, when they were amidst their worst stretch of the season. Tonight marks the Kings’ first visit to Pittsburgh since February 10, 2011, and their second all-time visit to the Consol Energy Center.
TAKING OVER YOUR CITY: The Kings have won seven straight games on the road, a streak that started in their first game back from the Olympic break on February 26 in a 6-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Denver’s Pepsi Center. The franchise record of eight consecutive road wins was set from December 18, 1974 to January 16, 1975.
30 FOR 30: If the Kings win tonight, not only will they tie the franchise record for most consecutive wins on the road, but will have officially won a game in every single current-standing NHL building. The Kings have played only one game at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, which opened prior to the 2010-’11 NHL campaign.
THIRD IN FOUR: Tonight’s date with the Penguins marks the Kings’ third game in four nights on the road, but things have been going well on the East Coast so far. The Kings are 2-0-0 in visits to Philadelphia and Washington on their current three game road trip. The Kings have eight contests left on the regular season slate after tonight, four games at STAPLES center, four games in visiting confines.
EAST AND OUT: Tonight’s bout with Pittsburgh marks the Kings’ final regular season game against an Eastern Conference club. The Kings are 20-8-3 against Eastern Conference teams this season, accumulating 43 points in the standings against Eastern teams, who have only been able to pocket a combined 22 points against the Kings in 31 games.
STEEL CITY: It’s been over a decade (October 10, 2003) since the Kings last won a game in Pittsburgh. They’ve visited Pennsylvania’s Steel City a mere four times in the past 11 years.
The Kings’ last visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania came on February 10, 2011, in the latter stages of their run to a second consecutive postseason berth. Jarret Stoll scored the only goal for the Kings, tying the game 1-1 late in the first period.
Jonathan Quick made 24 saves; the Kings fell 2-1 in OT.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 3:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene at the Consol Energy Center for puck drop at 4:00.