December 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King (74) moves the puck against the defense of San Jose Sharks right wing Mike Brown (18) during the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Look To Keep It Rolling Against Kings: Game Preview

The San Jose Sharks could not have wished for a better start to their opening round series against the Los Angeles Kings.

They have a 2-0 series lead, blowing out the Kings both times, and have already scored more goals on Jonathan Quick than they did during last postseason. Game 2 was especially fulfilling, as they scored seven unanswered goals, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Kings 7-2.

However, the series now shifts to L.A., and the Sharks know that the Kings are more than capable of winning a couple of games and getting themselves back in the series. It happened during the series last year, when the Kings won the first two games at home, then the Sharks responded by winning the next two in San Jose. In fact, when the Sharks and Kings match up, it’s usually the home team that comes away victorious.

In this case, though, the Sharks have obviously exposed a weakness in Quick and the Kings. The Kings were able to win in seven games last season largely because of Quick’s stellar performance in goal, but he has been less than stellar this time around. Thus, the Sharks are taking full advantage, and unless Quick can find a way to fix the problem, it may be yet another high-scoring night for San Jose.

Injury Report

Sharks: Adam Burish (hand) is out

Kings: None

Probable Lines

SAN JOSE

Forwards

Pavelski-Thornton-Burns

Marleau-Couture-Nieto

Hertl-Sheppard-Wingels

Torres-Desjardins-Brown

Defensemen

Vlasic-Boyle

Stuart-Demers

Hannan-Boyle

Goalies

Niemi

Stalock

LOS ANGELES

Fowards

Gaborik-Kopitar-Williams

Kings-Richards-Carter

Toffoli-Stoll-Brown

Clifford-Lewis-Nolan

Defensemen

Muzzin-Doughty

Regehr-Voynov

Mitchell-Martinez

Goalies

Quick

Jones

Game Info

Opening Faceoff: 7:00 PM PST

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

TV: NBCSN

Sharks Playoff tickets available at TiqIQ.com

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