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Who: Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
When: 7:00pm, Tuesday, September 27th
What: NHL hockey, of course.
Why: AEG controls the Sprint Center and owns the Kings, and the Penguins used the Sprint Center as leverage to get a new arena in Pittsburgh.
How is it significant: Uh...it's really not. But, it's hockey, and that's cool, right?
Obviously, as anyone who follows the NHL already knows, exciting young defenseman Drew Doughty will not be at the game due to contract negotiation issues. Also, exciting (young!) forward Sidney Crosby is just beginning to hit the ice hard in the preseason, so he will not get have a working vacation to the Paris of the Plains. Jim Fox, Los Angeles's television color commentator, asked after the 2010 Olympics why Crosby doesn't just retire. At the age of 24, he already claims a gold medal (which he clinched) and a Stanley Cup finals victory, along with various other rewards. But, you will have to go elsewhere to see him, Kansas Citians.
You can check out the Kings previous exhibition lineups courtesy of Rich Hammond over at LA Kings Insider here and here. Divine what you will from the information given. The Kings play the Avalanche in Denver on Wednesday night, so they may bring a semi-legit lineup and play them again the next night, or they may not. Your guess is as good as mine.
Meanwhile, the Penguins preseason lineups (here, here and here) all seem to have their fair share of NHLers. Malkin has played, along with Staal and a few other notables. It's important to note that all of their games have been at home, so they could mix and match how they wanted. Again, there is nothing saying that the big names won't make the trip, but nothing saying they will either. The Pens play again on Friday.
I will be attending the game and hopefully will have a write up and some photos for you on Wednesday.
Hopefully the updated rosters come out tomorrow.
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