California With The Pittsburgh Penguins 2020 (Preview)

California, here I come. The first trip report of 2020 will bring me to California, where my ice hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, will face three away matches in a row. However, the more advanced my planning for this trip became, the more interesting experiences I was able to add to it. Here is the overview article of what lies ahead of me when I am leaving Germany on 25th February 2020.

I selected traveling with the Penguins to California as my Favorite (Road) Trip in 2020.


California with the Pittsburgh Penguins – The Matches

Typically, a trip report preview starts with the stages, the flights and hotels I am planning to take. I decided to start with the matches I will watch for this one. Pittsburgh will face all three Californian teams, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose, on the road sequentially. As a “bonus game”, I wanted to see our former goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury, at his new club in Las Vegas. I use the “European order” for the match-ups below, i.e. home team first:

Date Match Arena
We 26.02.2020 L.A. Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Staples Center
Fr 28.02.2020 Anaheim Ducks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Honda Center
Sa 29.02.2020 San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins SAP Center
Su 01.03.2020 Vegas Golden Knights vs. L.A. Kings T-Mobile Arena


California with the Pittsburgh Penguins – The Trip

My trip starts right on Carnival’s Tuesday, when I am going to fly from Frankfurt via London to Los Angeles. This will be the first time I am flying Air New Zealand. There are quite some interesting airlines on the following legs, for example a JetBlue and an Alaska Airlines Domestic First connection. The Air New Zealand flights between Frankfurt and London (and v.v.) are operated by Lufthansa.

Date Flight from to
Tu 25.02.2020 NZ 4202 Frankfurt FRA London LHR (T2)
Tu 25.02.2020 NZ 1 London LHR (T2) Los Angeles LAX
Sa 29.02.2020 B6 826 Long Beach LGB San Jose SJC
Su 01.03.2020 AS 1902 San Francisco SFO Las Vegas LAS
Mo 02.03.2020 AA 1366 Las Vegas LAS Los Angeles LAX
Mo 02.03.2020 NZ 2 Los Angeles LAX London LHR (T2)
Tu 03.03.2020 NZ 4203 London LHR (T2) Frankfurt FRA


The trip lead to two lounge reviews:

I will stay in the following hotels:

Due to some very early flight departures, I decided not to review the two hotels in italics. Even regular updates are under risk.


California with the Pittsburgh Penguins – Day by Day

Here is the overview of my daily postings on this trip report.



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