The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena. The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning 10 of their last 14 games.
The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Adrian Kempe leads Los Angeles with 18 goals, Anze Kopitar has 25 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 73.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 69 goals on 795 shots faced, and Cal Petersen has given up 45 goals on 455 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 23 goals, Kris Letang has 33 assists and Evan Rodriguez has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 88.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 73 goals on 988 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has allowed 30 goals on 277 shots.
The Kings are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 20-7 in their last 27 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 37-17 in their last 54 home games and 22-7 in their last 29 overall. The under is 4-0 in Kings last 4 overall. The under is 11-5 in Penguins last 16 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
This is a quick turnaround for a Los Angeles Kings team that played yesterday and had a game that included overtime. The Kings also haven’t had much success on the end of back to backs. The Pittsburgh Penguins remain one of the hottest teams in the league, and they’ve done a lot of their best work at home. The only option here for me is to side with the Penguins and the PL for max betting value.