Pittsburgh Penguins at Los Angeles Kings
Pittsburgh Penguins Preview
The Pittsburgh Penguins aim to avert a season-high losing streak on Wednesday when they visit the Los Angeles Kings. The Penguins have lost three in a row for the first time since Oct. 19-23 after dropping a 5-3 decision to Washington on Sunday in the opener of a four-game road trip.
Evgeni Malkin recorded his second straight multi-point performance in that contest, and he will skate in his 900th NHL game on Wednesday. Defenseman Kris Letang, who had an assist in his 800th game on Sunday, set up three goals in Pittsburgh’s 5-4 shootout win over Los Angeles on Dec. 14. The Penguins were busy prior to the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday, acquiring Patrick Marleau from San Jose and Evan Rodrigues from Buffalo and re-acquiring Conor Sheary from the Sabres.
Los Angeles Kings Preview
Captain Anze Kopitar looks to continue his recent strong play on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Kings host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kopitar has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his past six games after scoring a goal in Los Angeles’ 4-2 setback to Edmonton on Sunday.
Dustin Brown also tallied against the Oilers for his third goal in four games while Adrian Kempe had a pair of assists to boost his total to five in his last six contests. The 23-year-old Kempe resides one point shy of 100 heading into his 250th NHL game on Wednesday. The Kings have struggled mightily against Metropolitan Division opposition, sporting a 3-9-2 record that includes a 5-4 shootout loss at Pittsburgh on Dec. 14.