Pittsburgh Penguins (36-18-9) at Los Angeles Kings (31-21-12)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 7, 2015, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have four power play goals in their last four games and have won nine straight when scoring at least three goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 28 goals, Sidney Crosby has 45 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 109 goals on 1,410 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 41 goals on 446 shots.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Los Angeles Kings have two power play goals in their last five games and have won nine straight when scoring at least three goals. Jeff Carter leads the Kings with 22 goals, Tyler Toffoli has 21 assists and Marian Gaborik has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in nine of their last 10 games. Martin Jones has allowed 25 goals on 276 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 128 goals on 1,467 shots.
The Penguins are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Kings are finally playing with some consistency lately and should be able to handle a Pittsburgh team that just played last night. I'll take the home team here.