Los Angeles Kings (14-12-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (20-7-3)
|Date & Time||Friday December 16, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -205 / Los Angeles Kings +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Los Angeles Kings continue their road trip heading into the weekend as they do battle with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
The Kings travel from Detroit to Pittsburgh on Friday looking to add a mark to the win column as they take on the defending champions in enemy territory in what should be a pretty exciting contest despite the line indicating a Penguins blow out. Los Angeles suffered a huge blow in the early part of the season after losing Jonathan Quick to extended time thanks to an injury and while Petr Budaj has filled in admirably it has to do some damage to the team’s morale and psyche to be without their best player and the way the Kings have been playing has indicated that as such. Los Angeles will be out to continue their recent success against the Metro as they are 4-1 in their last five but their road woes are rearing their ugly head as they are 6-15 in their last 21 away from the Staples Center and that doesn’t node well against a very good Penguins team who is lights out at home.
The Penguins have been on a tear lately and are scoring goals at torrid pace right now and they will look to continue their success against the Pacific as they are 7-1 in their last eight games. The Pens are led by Sidney Crosby who is on pace for a magical season statistically and with the supporting cast in place being so deep and full of talent it would come as no surprise to see them go on another deep playoff push in the Eastern Conference. The Pens are 30 games above .500 in their last 70 hockey games dating back to last season’s Cup run and have but 12 losses in their last 51 games at the Consol Energy Center and while the line is very chalky here it makes sense as these Pens have been very tough to slow down.
The Kings are 1-4 in their last five games in a 3-4 set and have played to the OVER in four of their last six against the Eastern Conference while the Pens are 41-12 in their last 53 games with a day’s rest and 3-9 in their last 12 Friday games. This should be a tight contest between two good teams and with the Kings coming off a game last night I think this one will be a low scoring affair that stays under the number.