Preview: Penguins at Kings
The Pittsburgh Penguins attempt to extend their road winning streak to seven when they continue their five-game trip Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings. Pittsburgh kicked off its trek with a 7-4 victory in Anaheim on Friday - its second straight seven-goal performance away from home and the third time in four road contests it has netted at least six tallies.
The Penguins worked hard to post their 10th win in 11 overall games as they trailed 3-0 after one period but rallied with the help of Jake Guentzel's second hat trick of the season. The 24-year-old left wing is riding a five-game point streak during which he has registered five goals and three assists. Los Angeles has lost four of its first five games this month, scoring a total of four goals in the setbacks. The Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit in Pittsburgh on Dec. 15 before dropping a 4-3 decision in overtime.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, FS West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE PENGUINS (25-13-6): Evgeni Malkin also brings a five-game point streak (two goals, seven assists) into Saturday's contest. The 32-year-old Russian notched three assists in the win over the Ducks and is five away from 600 for his career. Tanner Pearson, who was acquired from Los Angeles in November, has scored three of his eight goals with Pittsburgh in his last two games.
ABOUT THE KINGS (17-25-3): Kyle Clifford scored Los Angeles' lone goal in Thursday's 4-1 home loss to Ottawa, his second tally in three contests. It was the 27-year-old's seventh goal of the season, tying the career high he set as a rookie in 2010-11 and matched two campaigns later. Captain Anze Kopitar leads the team with 29 points and has registered one in seven of his last nine contests.
1. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has collected 22 of his team-leading 54 points over his last 14 games.
2. Los Angeles RW Dustin Brown is eight points away from 600 for his career.
3. Pittsburgh D Marcus Pettersson has recorded seven assists in 19 contests since being obtained from Anaheim last month - six during his current five-game streak.
PREDICTION: Penguins 5, Kings 2