Los Angeles Kings (11-20-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-11-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 15, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -265 / Los Angeles Kings +218 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Los Angeles Kings look to end their ugly losing ways as they head into Pittsburgh to battle the Penguins on Saturday night.
The Kings have gone from being a perennial Cup contender to a league doormat over the last couple of seasons and unless they can turn things around in a hurry it could get worse as a potential rebuild is on the horizon. The Kings have made some changes in the last couple of seasons in terms of their front office and coaching staff and many of the pieces they had during their Cup runs are long gone and the culture seems to be lacking a bit. Los Angeles is 5-16 in their last 21 road games and face off against a Penguins side who has been one of the best home ice teams over the last handful of seasons. Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start here for the Kings as he continues to be worked back into action after missing most of the season so far with an injury.
The Penguins meanwhile have won 4 straight games against Pacific division opponents and are playing in a back to back here after making quick work of the Boston Bruins on home ice last night. The Pens are looking to stay in contention in the Eastern Conference and they certainly have the personnel to be considered one of the favourites to get into the Cup final this season as they are led as usual by Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel. However, the Penguins are just 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games and have seemed to shy away from the bright lights so far this season and with a frustrated Kings side skating into town tonight the Pens can’t take them lightly.
The Kings are 11-27 in their last 38 overall and winless in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference while the Pens are 11-4 in their last 15 playing in a back to back and 105-44 in their last 149 home games. Los Angeles is in tough as they don’t have the offense to compete with the Penguins here in what should be a comfortable win for the home side.