A preview of the Kings.
When and where: 10 p.m, EDT, Staples Center.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports West, Sportsnet, TVA2.
Record: 31-21-12, 74 points. The Kings are in fourth place in the Pacific Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Jeff Carter, 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 home shootout win against the Canadiens Thursday. Right winger Marian Gaborik had two regulation goals for the Kings.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-0 road loss Oct. 30. Goalteneder Martin Jones made 30 saves for the Kings.
Kings Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Carter. He has a four-game scoring streak.
Ex-Penguins on the Kings: Development consultant Glen Murray, defenseman Jake Muzzin (Muzzin was a former Penguins prospect but never played for the organization.), president, business operations and alternate governor Luc Robitaille (above).
Ex-Kings on the Penguins: Head coach Mike Johnston, general manager Jim Rutherford, defenseman Rob Scuderi; assistant coach Rick Tocchet.
Useless Kings Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Robitaille (ninth round - 171st overall) as the second-most points (1,394) among players selected in the 1984 draft. Penguins owner Mario Lemieux (first round- first overall) is first (1,723 points).
The last time the Kings played the Penguins, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (29-14-6, 2.21 GAA, .923 SV%) for the Penguins. Jonathan Quick (27-17-10, 2.40 GAA, .913 SV%) for the Kings.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (head) is doubtful. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) and defenseman Olli Maatta (shoulder) are on injured reserve. For the Kings, defenseman Alec Martinez (concussion) and left winger Tanner Pearson (left fibula) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate. Their lines and defensive pairings against the Ducks last night were:
39 David Perron - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 17 Blake Comeau
26 Daniel Winnik - 16 Brandon Sutter - 19 Beau Bennett
13 Nick Spaling - 40 Maxim Lapierre - 27 Craig Adams
7 Paul Martin - 58 Kris Letang
12 Ben Lovejoy - 51 Derrick Pouliot
4 Rob Scuderi - 28 Ian Cole
-The Kings lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
12 Marian Gaborik – 11 Anze Kopitar – 22 Trevor Lewis
74 Dwight King – 77 Jeff Carter – 73 Tyler Toffoli
23 Dustin Brown – 28 Jarret Stoll – 14 Justin Williams
13 Kyle Clifford – 37 Nick Shore – 71 Jordan Nolan
44 Robyn Regehr – 8 Drew Doughty
3 Brayden McNabb – 7 Andrej Sekera
6 Jake Muzzin – 2 Matt Greene
-Prior to the game, the Kings will unveil a statue of Robitaille outside of the Staples Center. No word yet how many former New York Islanders will be included in it.
-Scuderi has 98 career points.
-Center Evgeni Malkin has 699 career points.
-Defenseman Slava Voynov is suspended indefinitely as he awaits trial on a felony domestic-violence charge.
-Center Anze Kopitar has 595 career points.
-The referees are Jean Hebert (No. 15) and Kevin Pollock (No. 33). The linesmen are Vaughan Rody (No. 73) and Brad Lazarowich (No. 86).
-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 9:45 p.m. Please tune in.