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Penguins at Kings preview

Pittsburgh goes for seventh straight road win; Los Angeles has lost four of five

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

PENGUINS (25-13-6) at KINGS (17-25-3)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend the longest road winning streak in the NHL this season to seven games when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Penguins defeated the Anaheim Ducks 7-4 on Friday, giving them their longest winning streak on the road since winning eight in a row March 11-April 7, 2016. 

Pittsburgh is 10-1-0 overall since Dec. 19.

The Kings have lost four of their past five games, including 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Penguins forward Tanner Pearson has three goals in his past two games. Pearson will play at Staples Center for the first time since he was traded to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles on Nov. 14.

Kings forward Kyle Clifford has scored twice in the past three games. Clifford has seven goals this season, tying his NHL career high (2010-11; 2012-13). 

 

They said it

"A lot of good memories that happened in this town for myself. It's definitely going to be weird here Saturday night playing in the Staples Center and going into the visiting room." -- Penguins forward Tanner Pearson, who played for the Kings from 2013-18

"I was there for three years but it felt like a decade. So many fun times. A lot of good things happened to me and my family, so all of those memories make it feel like I was there for a lot longer than I was." -- Kings forward Carl Hagelin, who won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017

 

Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Tanner Pearson -- Evgeni Malkin -- Dominik Simon

Riley Sheahan -- Derick Brassard -- Phil Kessel

Derek Grant -- Matt Cullen -- Garrett Wilson

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Olli Maatta -- Jamie Oleksiak

Marcus Pettersson -- Jack Johnson

Casey DeSmith

Matt Murray

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Juuso Riikola

Injured: Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Zach Aston-Reese (upper body), Justin Schultz (leg)

 

Kings projected lineup

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Alex Iafallo -- Jeff Carter -- Brendan Leipsic

Carl Hagelin -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Matt Luff   

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Dion Phaneuf -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Austin Wagner, Sean Walker

Injured: Trevor Lewis (foot), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)

 

Status report

Luff will play after being scratched for the past three games, replacing Wagner on the fourth line. … Schultz participated in an optional skate Saturday.

 

Stat pack

The Penguins have won three straight against the Kings. … Pittsburgh has scored at least four goals in six of its past eight games. … Malkin (seven assists) and Pettersson (six) are each on five-game assist streaks. … Los Angeles has allowed at least four goals in three of its past four home games.  

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