Los Angeles Kings (42-25-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (46-21-5)
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:00 p.m. PT
Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Referees: #40 Steve Kozari, #12 Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: #68 Scott Driscoll #98 John Grandt
Fox Sports West, KRLA 870 AM
Kings Weekly to follow tonight’s game

A preview:

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Martin Jones
2013-14 Season: 16 GP (15 GS) / 10-5-0 record / 1.90 GAA / .932 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs Pittsburgh: 1 (0) / 0-0-0 / 1.50 / .933 / 0
Last Game vs Pittsburgh: 1/30/14 / 40 MP / 14-15 shots / 1-4 L (ND)
2013-14, Away: 9 (9) / 6-3-0 / 2.22 / .930 / 1

Pittsburgh Projected Starting Goaltender – Jeff Zatkoff
2013-14 Season: 17 GP (15 GS) / 12-4-1 record / 2.55 GAA / .916 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 1 (1) / 1-0-0 / 1.00 / .968 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 1/30/14 / 60 MP / 30-31 shots / 4-1 W
2013-14, Home: 7 (5) / 5-2-0 / 2.47 / .909 / 0

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2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (22-37=59)
Goals: Jeff Carter (25-21=46)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (22-37=59)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+27; 22-37=59)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (79; 3-4=7)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:59; 8-27=35)

2013-14 Pittsburgh Leaders
Total Points: Sidney Crosby (34-61=95)
Goals: Sidney Crosby (34-61=95)
Assists: Sidney Crosby (34-61=95)
Plus/Minus: Matt Niskanen (+31; 10-31=41)
Penalty Minutes: Tanner Glass (81; 4-8=12)
Time On Ice: Paul Martin (24:23; 2-10=12)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-27 / 2.38; PIT – 5 / 3.04
Goals Against/Game: LAK – t-1 / 2.07; PIT – t-9 / 2.47
Power Play: LAK – t-25 / 15.1%; PIT – 1 / 24.4%
Penalty Kill: LAK – t-11 / 83.0%; PIT – 2 / 85.8%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-7 / 31.6; PIT – 14 / 30.1
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 26.4; PIT – t-10 / 28.8
Faceoffs: LAK – 2 / 52.9%; PIT – t-9 / 51.2%
Save Percentage: LAK – 2 / .922; PIT – 12 / .914

Rob Scuderi, on facing the Kings:

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Tyler Toffoli – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Tanner Pearson – Jarret Stoll – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Trevor Lewis – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell – Alec Martinez

Martin Jones
Jonathan Quick

Level of confidence in projected lines: A. As noted on Twitter earlier, Dwight King will miss tonight’s game due to personal reasons. The above lines represent the line rushes used at today’s morning skate. Martin Jones left the ice first and is projected as tonight’s starting goalie.

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 70-58-21 all-time against Pittsburgh, a record that includes an away mark of 25-40-11. The Kings have lost three straight (0-2-1) in Pittsburgh, dating back to February 9, 2008, and have visited the Consol Energy Center only once, a 2-1 overtime setback on February 10, 2011. … The Kings have won seven consecutive road games since a 3-0 loss at Phoenix on January 28 and are looking to tie the franchise record of eight consecutive road wins, set between December 18, 1974 and January 16, 1975. The franchise record for the longest consecutive point streak is 11 games, set between October 10, 1974 and December 11, 1974. … Los Angeles is 20-8-3 against the Eastern Conference and 10-4-1 against the Metropolitan Division. … The Kings’ +5.2 shot on goal differential ranks third in the league, trailing only San Jose (+7.2) and Chicago (+6.1). … 1967 expansion teams Los Angeles and Pittsburgh will meet for the 150th time in NHL history tonight. … Anze Kopitar has 16 points (6-10=16) in the last 16 games. He has 195 career goals, tied with Dustin Brown for eighth place on the team’s all-time goal scoring list. … Alec Martinez has 10 points (6-4=10) in the last 12 games. … Drew Doughty hasn’t scored since registering a power play goal in a 5-3 home loss to Chicago on February 3. Since then, he has recorded one power play point, an assist against Toronto on March 13. … With 162 career assists, Doughty is one assist behind Marty McSorley for fifth place amongst defensemen on the team’s all-time list. … Willie Mitchell is scheduled to play his 199th game as a member of the Kings. … Los Angeles has won 1,497 games in franchise history. … Jake Muzzin was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Draft by Pittsburgh but did not sign.

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Pittsburgh Projected Lines

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
James Neal – Brandon Sutter – Jussi Jokinen
Taylor Pyatt – Marcel Goc – Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass – Craig Adams – Jayson Megna

Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Robert Bortuzzo
Simon Despres – Rob Scuderi

Jeff Zatkoff
Marc-Andre Fleury

Notes and milestones: Pittsburgh’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is one point. … The Penguins are 33-3-1 when scoring first. … Pittsburgh has lost 447 man-games to injury this season, the highest total in the league. … The Penguins, who play tomorrow night in Columbus, are 9-4-1 on the first night of back-to-back games. … Pittsburgh is 4-1-0 against California teams and 9-3-1 against the Pacific Division. … With 1.08 points per game, James Neal leads all NHL wingers in the statistic. … Sidney Crosby leads the league with 95 points and 61 assists, while his 36 power play points rank second. He needs five points to record 100 for the first time since 2009-10. … With 99 career assists, Craig Adams is one assist shy of 100. He is scheduled to play in his 279th consecutive game tonight. … Defenseman Matt Niskanen has set career highs in goals (10), assists (31) and points (41). His plus-31 rating ranks fifth in the league.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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