Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2011-12 season:
Game 13 vs. Pittsburgh
November 5, 2011
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
After Thursday’s lacklustre effort against the Oilers, there isn’t too much to be optimistic about in Los Angeles. With that said, it’s still early and the Kings have time to improve, which they can hopefully start doing tonight when they play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Head coach Terry Murray said that Jonathan Quick will get the start tonight but indicated that Jonathan Bernier will play either Monday or Tuesday when the Kings play their next back-to-back games.
There were no lineup changes for Los Angeles yesterday so unless there’s a game-time decision to be made, expect everything up front and on the blueline to be status quo for the silver-and-black.
While Sidney Crosby has yet to return to the Pittsburgh lineup from a concussion, they are getting plenty of offense from Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and their leading point-scorer James Neal, who the Kings are very familiar with from his days in Dallas. All three have reached double-digits in points already this season. While Neal leads the Penguins in goal-scoring, Jordan Staal is second on the team with six goals. Essentially, if the Kings are hoping to match their visitors tonight in offense, they’re going to have a lot of work to do.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Kings tonight as the Penguins enter Staples Center tonight in a three-way for the league’s best record at 8-3-3. Along with aforementioned, it’s the play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury that is why the Penguins have been having so much success thus far. Fleury is currently second-overall in wins with 7, while boasting a GAA of 1.96.
The two teams met just once last season. The Penguins won that meeting in overtime by a score of 2-1 back on February 10 of this year in Pittsburgh. This is the only meeting between the two clubs this season and the Kings hope that a win against such an elite team will do wonders for their confidence.
The action starts at 7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST) so the Kings hope they can turn their fortunes around. Let’s hope they can, too.
Enjoy the game!
Photo: Courtesy of PensNation Staff