Los Angeles Kings at Pittsburgh Penguins
|Date & Time||Saturday December 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
PPG Paints Arena
The Los Angeles Kings take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday at the PPG Paints Arena. The Kings play two games in the next three days, playing Anaheim on Thursday and the Penguins on Saturday. The Kings are coming off of a win over the Rangers that snapped Los Angeles' four-game losing streak.
The Kings are 12-18-2 on the season, finding it difficult to find a rhythm on offense as Los Angeles only scores 2.5 goals per game. The defense hasn't always been there this season as the Kings, on average, give up 3.22 per game. Anze Kopitar leads the team in all major offensive categories with the most points, goals, and assists.
The Penguins also play two games in the next three days, as they do not have rest either. The Penguins are coming off of a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues, after just losing to the St. Louis Blues a game before. Penguins have won three of their last five games this season, despite Jack Johnson and Patric Hornqvist being out of the ice out at the moment with injuries.
Pittsburgh is 15 - 9 - 4 on the season, and 11 - 3 - 2 at home. The Penguins defend the PPG Paints Arena very well and can score very often. Where the Penguins could get better at is the goaltending, which coincidentally is where Arizona succeeds. If Pittsburgh struggles early to save shots, there's no chance for them to win this game.
Pittsburgh is 15-16 ATS this season
Over is 14-17 for Pittsburgh this season
Los Angeles is 15-17 ATS this season
Over is 13-17-2 for Los Angeles this season
Due to the Penguins' impressive home record, I think the Penguins should be the favorite in this one. The Kings will likely play this one close, but ultimately, the Penguins are the better team. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Penguins win 3-2.