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Pittsburgh Penguins @ Los Angele Kings 11/3/2016

Night 2 of the west coast trip sees the Pittsburgh Penguins stay in Southern California for a game against the Kings

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The two franchises who have won four of the last eight Stanley Cups will lock horns tonight in LA when the Penguins meet up with the Kings.

Los Angeles is having frustrating times right now, off to a slow 4-6-0 start, and losers of 3 straight. To make matters worse, they haven't even scored a goal since October 27th- getting shutout for 3 straight games. Their last game Tuesday night against the Ducks was a doozy and they'll be without Tom Gilbert tonight, suspended for the first of 3 games for a hit on Nick Ritchie. That hit knocked Ritchie out of the game last night (and the scrum took out Ryan Getzlaf) so that whole circumstance might have worked in the Pens favor.

Expected Los Angeles lines

Tanner Pearson - Anze Kopitar - Teddy Purcell

Dwight King - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Dustin Brown - Nic Dowd - Devin Setoguchi

Kyle Clifford - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis

Jake Muzzin / Drew Doughty

Kevin Gravel / Alec Martinez

Derek Fortbort / Matt Greene

**Gravel was called up today to replace Gilbert, skating with Martinez in the morning skate. The 24 year old has just 5 career NHL games (all last season).

***It'll be interesting to see what the Kings do in the net. With Jonathan Quick out (and out a while) and our old friend Jeff Zatkoff hurt as well, their healthy goalies are Peter Budaj and former first round pick (and kinda of bust) Jack Campbell. They've leaned on Budaj for the last 8 games and he only has a .900 save %. Granted, they have bigger problems like being shutout for the last 3 games, but they are crippled by Quick's injury.

Expected Pittsburgh lines

Carl Hagelin - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel

Scott Wilson - Nick Bonino - Bryan Rust

Tom Sestito - Matt Cullen - Eric Fehr

Just a guess on Sestito but with an assist and a fight, and a pretty intimidating Kings team that just injured a player last game, our early guess (and remember this is written the afternoon of the game) is that Sestito keeps his jersey. If not, it would be Tom Kuhnhackl.

Brian Dumoulin / Kris Letang

Olli Maatta / Trevor Daley

Ian Cole / Justin Schultz

Marc Andre Fleury , who got his first game off last night, will be back in the net.


This could be a tough, physical matchup. The Kings are struggling to score, and they're big and nasty. The Pens are on the second night of a back-to-back, so we'll see how they stand up to what could be an intense, tightly contested game.