It's been over a month since the Los Angeles Kings have dropped consecutive games.
The San Jose Sharks' slide began well over a month ago.
These Pacific Division rivals, however, are separated by only two points in the crowded Western Conference standings heading into Thursday night's opener of a home-and-home set in San Jose.
The Kings (14-9-2) and Sharks (11-8-6) have yet to meet this season, with a rematch set for Saturday at Staples Center.
Los Angeles is 11-4-0 since its last set of back-to-back defeats Feb. 7-10. San Jose enters on an 0-2-2 slide with a 4-8-6 mark since its seven-game win streak to start the season.
Anaheim has an 11-point lead in the Pacific Division, with the division's other four teams separated by four points. Los Angeles has 30 points and San Jose 28.
"I think it's important for us to realize that we got off to a rough start and we've been playing better hockey as of late,'' Kings winger Dustin Brown said, "...