L.A. Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Pick
The Kings have been one of the most frustrated teams in the NHL. Drew Doughty has made that known more than on one occasion. He’s trying to light something underneath this team, but it hasn’t seemed to matter much, because they continue to go backwards. Going sideways at this point would be a step in the right direction.
While Doughty is frustrated, everyone can play better on this team and that includes Doughty, along with the defence. Jonathan Quick? Yes, you can stop a few pucks here and there as well. Although, his team is leaving him out in a bad spot. The offence has been absolutely putrid with only 2.15 goals per game.
That easily puts them in last place in the league and it isn’t even close. The Ducks are 30th and they have averaged 2.55 goals per game, so there is a wide gap between really bad and bad. When the Kings hit the road, it goes from really bad to embarrassing. They have managed to score just 1.67 goals per game on the road in the 2018-19 campaign. Yikes. It’s particularly bad in this era with goal scoring up considerably.
Jonathan Quick enters Pittsburgh on Saturday night with a 3.30 GAA and 0.892 save percentage. We can talk about how bad the offence is, but their effort on the blue line and in net hasn’t been anything to get excited about either. Pittsburgh have scored 3.56 goals per game at home this season, and while their defence has struggled, the Kings have had difficulties finding more than 2 goals in games this season. This should present Murray with a good chance to show that he can still be a starting goaltender. The Pens are on a back-to-back, but the Kings are in the midst of a tricky schedule on the road. This looks like a 4-2 or 5-2 win for the Penguins tonight.