Pittsburgh is tied for 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 59 points, which is six points behind Tampa Bay and Boston for the eighth and final playoff berth.
Pittsburgh is 2-2-0 on a five-game homestand that concludes Tuesday. The Penguins squandered a third-period lead in a 4-3 loss to New Jersey on Sunday. Mario Lemieux and Martin Straka each had a goal and an assist.
The Penguins’ power-play unit ranks third in the league, but they failed to draw a penalty Sunday and lost for the ninth time in 14 games (5-9-0).
Los Angeles is in a similar situation as Pittsburgh. The Kings have 60 points, which puts them in 10th place in the Western Conference, seven points behind Edmonton for the final playoff berth.
Los Angeles is 1-2-0 on a five-game road trip that concludes Thursday in Columbus. The Kings are 3-11-0-1 in their last 15 road games.
Los Angeles is 5-0-1 in its last six contests with the Penguins. The Kings posted a 3-2 victory in Los Angeles on December 14 as Craig Johnson’s first goal of the season forced overtime and Schneider netted the game-winner.
Los Angeles is unbeaten in its last five trips to Pittsburgh (3-0-2).
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