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Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
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, "...
BEST OF MAXIM
Matt Irwin and Logan Couture made Los Angeles pay for retaliating by scoring power-play goals after Jake Muzzin started a fight to help the San Jose Sharks snap a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Kings on Thursday night.
Couture added a second goal and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who earned just their third regulation win in 21 games. Antti Niemi made...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Irwin and Logan Couture made Los Angeles pay for retaliating by scoring power-play goals after Jake Muzzin started a fight to help the San Jose Sharks snap a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Kings on Thursday night.
Couture added a second goal and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who earned just their third regulation win in...
Brent Burns will likely return to the Sharks lineup Tuesday night vs. the Blues after a seven-game absence due to an apparent leg injury. But it won’t be at his typical spot on the blue line. The defenseman reportedly will be starting at forward for Todd McLellan.
Welp, might be safe to say the Sharks have officially gotten desperate.
According to Kevin Kurz and David Pollak, Burns...
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Here’s what else I heard when we talked about what needed to be done to get things on track or some of the problems that have been exposed in the first 24 games:
Those first seven games – lots of scoring, all victories in one way or the other — not a true indication of who the Sharks are...
Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia made a special guest appearance at the Los Angeles Kings - Calgary Flames game at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night. Provodnikov took in the action and was presented with a special jersey, as he did a meet and greet with their mascot and hung out at the arena.
Provodnikov will be doing his best to make Saturday night's fight...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's the spring of 2010. Rich Clune is sitting on the Los Angeles Kings' bench in the first round of the playoffs as the Kings take on the Vancouver Canucks.
The Toronto native is in the NHL. He's on "Hockey Night in Canada." He's living the dream.
Except his legs are cramping up because he's not sleeping and he'...
(AP) -- After two overtime losses in two days, the San Jose Sharks are in the midst of another frustrating losing streak. Tuesday night will provide them not only with a chance to end their latest slide, but also an opportunity to avenge one of those defeats.
San Jose will visit the St. Louis Blues, who got a hat trick from Vladimir Sobotka and an overtime winner from Patrik Berglund...