Following a 5-3 win over the Bruins last night in somewhat dramatic fashion, the Penguins (14-11-6) will look to make it two wins in a row when they host a very bad Los Angeles Kings team (11-20-2) at 7pm tonight.
The Penguins got a big two points in the standings last night with a win over the Bruins, but of course in typical Penguins fashion, they decided to make it interesting. The Penguins, up 3-1 to begin the third period surrendered two goals in just 54 seconds which tied the game at three. The Pens would later get a redirect goal from Jake Guentzel to give them the lead again and they later sealed it with an empty netter from Zach Aston-Reese. No word on if Torey Krug is still laying on the ice at PPG Paints Arena looking for Sidney Crosby, who did his best Vance McDonald impression, stiff-arming Krug to get Aston-Reese the puck for the goal. See below:
Despite the win last night, the Penguins may be without Kris Letang, at least for the foreseeable future. Letang was injured in the third period after making a pass and colliding awkwardly with a Bruin. He stayed down on the ice for a few seconds and eventually hobbled off. Mike Sullivan did not have an update after the game. Letang was having a Norris Trophy year so far so if he is out, that is bad news bears for the Penguins. On the bright side, the Pens do have roughly 300 defensemen ready to play. Look for a combination of Chad Ruhwedel and Juuso Riikola to fill the void in the interim.
Entering tonight, statistically speaking, the Kings are the worst team in the NHL. Buried below the Blackhawks for fewest points in the league with just 24 over 32 games, the Kings have just two wins over their last nine games and 4-11 on the road this season. This means the Penguins will get blown out on home ice tonight, right? I am currently on my way to Rivers Casino to bet all my money on the Kings. Honestly, it would be peak Penguins to lose to the two worst teams in the NHL within a week so cash in and bet on LA while you can.
Mike Sullivan will be speaking to the media at 5pm today. Expect an update on Kris Letang. I say he doesn't play tonight, but that's just me.
Matt Murray could get the start in goal tonight. Buckle up. Murray has not started since November 17th in Ottawa.
Speaking of which, tonight features the battle of overrated goalies, Jonathan Quick vs Matt Murray.
Sucks that Carl Hagelin is out with a with lower-body injury, otherwise we'd have an elite tribute video tonight.
Speaking of which, Tanner Pearson will play his first game against his former team.
I think the Kings still employ Dion Phaneuf. If so, what a joke. I don't think he's playing tonight, for what it's worth.
Zach Aston-Reese is pretty good. He's coming off his first three point game last night.
Also, thanks to ZAR, the Penguins finally have a shorthanded goal and it only took 31 games.
If Murray gives up a glove hand goal, we're going to be ready.
The Kings are 0-16 this season when trailing entering the third period so if the Penguins are smart, they'll score some goals and lead after two periods.