SHARKS (10-1-1) at KINGS (8-5-0)
7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
COME OVER: The Sharks are one of the most dangerous teams in the NHL right now. The Kings, however, love having Northern California’s teal stop by for a date in Downtown Los Angeles. In the Kings’ last 11 meetings with the Sharks at STAPLES Center, they’re 10-0-1. We’ll leave the door unlocked.
STICK AROUND: The Kings, after their trip to Phoenix last night, begin another four-game home stand at STAPLES Center, where they’re 4-2-0 so far this season. You cannot take home ice for granted early in the season, you just can’t. The Kings face two Pacific Division and three Western Conference opponents in this four-game stretch. Don’t be desperate in April if you’re not desperate now.
KING OF THE HILL: The San Jose Sharks are the best team in the entire NHL right now. They’ve only lost one game in regulation time, and that loss came in the final second of a contest. Against the Boston Bruins on October 24th, David Krejci beat Antti Niemi with :0.8 seconds left to send the Sharks away without a point for the first and only time so far this season. Can the Kings find a way to beat the Sharks in regulation?
BUSINESS INDICATIVE: Reporters were being denied in-game interviews from members of the Kings’ coaching staff during last night’s disappointing loss in Phoenix. When the Media gets denied, that means internal activity is at a seriously high level. Don’t expect the Kings to come out flat tonight with Darryl Sutter behind the bench.
MARTY? Does Alec Martinez sneak back into the Kings lineup tonight? Martinez hasn’t dressed for a contest since the Kings were in Nashville, TN on October 17th. Darryl Sutter showed a sign of looking for more offense from his defensive corps last night in Phoenix, pairing Jake Muzzin with Drew Doughty instead of Robyn Regehr in the third period. Can Sutter look smart playing Alec?
JUSTIN TIME: Kings forward Justin Williams has six points (2G, 4A) in the last five games. He’s been held scoreless in the Kings’ previous two contests, but was the key player in the Kings’ series-clinching victory against the San Jose Sharks on March 28th last season in the Western Conference Semifinals, scoring both goals in the Kings’ 2-1 victory. Can Willy light the lamp tonight?
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