Two teams that are playing exceptionally well face off when the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Los Angeles Kings. Pittsburgh is 9-1-0 in its last 10 games after defeating Anaheim on Tuesday, 4-1. The Penguins are 4-1 ATS in their last five games. This is the last game of a seven-game home winning streak in which the Kings are 4-2-0 in their first six games. Los Angeles defeated the New York Rangers on Monday, 3-1. The Kings are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.
Pittsburgh comes in as a -125 favorite and the money line is in favor of Los Angeles at +100. By giving up 1.5 goals, the odds for the Penguins change to +209 while the Kings are -263 when conceding 1.5 goals. The total is set at 5.5. Los Angeles defeated Pittsburgh the last time these teams met, 2-1 in February 2020. The Kings are 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings while Pittsburgh is 4-4-2.
Jarry stops Ducks
Tristan Jarry stopped 25 of 26 shots to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals, including the game-opener, and added an assist to lead Pittsburgh’s offense. Jeff Carter also scored a pair of goals. The Penguins are 4-1-0 in January.
Pittsburgh is 10th in goals per game at 3.29 and 18th in shooting percentage at 9.4%. The Penguins are third in shot differential at +5.77. The power play is 22nd at 18.0%. Kris Letang has been on a roll lately, recording nine points in his last five games, all of which have been assists. Letang now has one goal and 28 assists. Evan Rodrigues has scored five goals in his last five games, giving him 15 on the season.
The Penguins are second in goals allowed per game at 2.46 and sixth in opponent shooting percentage at 8.4%. Pittsburgh is first in penalty killing at 90.7%. Jarry will return to the net with the loss of Casey DeSmith. Jarry should see almost continuous action over the next two weeks and has been very good, posting a 1.91 GAA and a .932 save percentage.