Apr 22, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of game three in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Seek Sweep Of Los Angeles Kings: Game Preview

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Before the first round series started between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, many predicted for it to be a close grudge match, probably a seven-gamer.

Instead, it’s been just the polar opposite. the Sharks have dominated thus far, taking the first three games and having a chance to sweep the Kings with a win on Thursday night at Staples Center.

However, such a feat won’t come easy, at least not on this night. The Kings are now officially in desperation mode, and if there’s one thing about that team, it’s that they will fight until the end.

Also, keep in mind that Game 3 was a much closer and competitive contest than the previous two games, which were blowouts. In Game 3, one might even argue that the Kings outplayed the Sharks, but San Jose was the recipient of several fortuitous bounces, and ended up grinding out a 4-3 victory in overtime.

The numbers are definitely in the Sharks’ favor; only three teams have come back from 3-0 deficits to win the series. But the mere fact that it’s been done before means that the Sharks cannot just expect to take the series; they have to work as if every game is Game 7, and finish off the Kings, preferably tonight.

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: 7:30 PM PST

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

TV: NBCSN

 

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