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Kings set to face former teammate Tanner Pearson, Penguins – Daily News

When a trade is made, it’s often interesting to see which team gets the better of the deal. Regarding the deal between the Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 14 that sent Tanner Pearson to Pittsburgh for fellow forward Carl Hagelin, the edge so far goes to the Penguins.

Ahead of Pittsburgh’s game Friday against visiting Boston, Pearson had five points (three goals, two assists) while playing in all 14 games the Penguins had played since his arrival; Pittsburgh (13-11-6, 32 points) was 6-5-3 during that time.

Hagelin has played in only five games, and not since Nov. 24, because of injury. He has two points for the Kings (11-20-2, 24 points), who are 6-9-1 since the trade.

Pearson, who had just one assist in 17 games with the Kings this season, will help welcome his former team to Pittsburgh when the teams square off there Saturday at 4 p.m. (Fox Sports West).

It’s the finale of a four-game trip for the Kings, who are 0-2-1 in the first three after Thursday’s 4-1 loss at Columbus.

The Penguins are paced by forwards Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, both of whom have 33 points, while two-time league MVP Sidney Crosby has a team-high 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points.

Forward Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists), but he is well off the pace of the career-high 92 points he scored a season ago.

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Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who sustained an upper-body injury in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss at Buffalo and did not play after the first period of that game, kept his consecutive games-played streak alive by skating a team-high 26:24 in Thursday’s loss at Columbus. He has played in a franchise-high 361 consecutive games. … The Kings have the fewest points in the league through 33 games. … Doughty leads the Kings in assists with 15; Kopitar is next with 12. … The Kings will return to Los Angeles and play one game – against Winnipeg on Tuesday – at Staples Center before heading back on the road for games at San Jose on Dec. 22 and at Vegas on Dec. 23.

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