Sharks-Kings at a glance

Sharks-Kings at a glance
March 16, 2013, 9:15 am
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The Sharks beat the Kings on Thursday night at HP Pavilion, 4-3. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

INSIDE THE MATCHUP

- The Sharks have earned a point in 14 of their last 18 games against the Kings (11-4-3). On Thursday, they won their sixth straight home game against Los Angeles.

- After scoring four or more goals in each of their first five games of the season (all wins), San Jose scored four goals first the first time since game five of the season in their win over the Kings Thursday, a span of 21 games.

- Joe Thornton is tied for second in the NHL with 15 power play points. 57.7 percent of his total points are from the power play, the highest in the Western Conference.

- The Kings has not had a game decided in overtime or a shootout since January 31. They have just one win this season beyond regulation (January 28 shootout win vs. Vancouver).

- Drew Doughty still has yet to score a goal this season, but has 10 assists so far. The only NHL player with more total points without a goal is Alex Goligoski's 13 points with Dallas.

- Los Angeles is coming off consecutive losses for the first time since February 7-10. Since February 15, they have 16 team points at home (8-1-0). The only NHL team with more home points during this stretch is Chicago's 18.

Programming note: Sharks-Kings coverage gets under way tonight at 7:00 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only Comcast SportsNet California.

Where they stand
Sharks: 12-8-6, 30 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 8th Western Conference
Kings: 14-10-2, 30 points, 2nd Pacific Division, 6th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.23 (29th)
Goals-against per game: 2.35 (4th)
Power play: 18.3 percent (12th)
Penalty kill: 86.6 percent (3rd)

Kings
Goals per game: 2.88 (10th)
Goals-against per game: 2.62 (13th)
Power play: 19.8 percent (11th)
Penalty kill: 80.2 percent (18th)

Probable lines

Sharks
Logan Couture - Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Ryane Clowe - Patrick Marleau – Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard - Scott Gomez – Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins – Michael Handzus – Adam Burish

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray – Brad Stuart
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Kings
Justin Williams – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Dustin Penner – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Trevor Lewis – Jarret Stoll – Dwight King
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez – Keaton Ellerby

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks’ center-turned-top line winger has six goals in his last nine games, and seems to be thoroughly enjoying playing on a line with Brent Burns. Couture has 12 goals on the season, just one behind Patrick Marleau for the team lead, and is heating up. He’s tied with Marleau for second on the Sharks in scoring with 21 points.

Kings: Dustin Brown. The Kings’ captain was relentless on Thursday even after his team trailed by three goals in the third period, and his goal and play late nearly helped lead Los Angeles to a comeback. Brown has five goals in his last three games, and in 50 career games against the Sharks, has 14 goals and 16 assists.

Last game

Logan Couture had two goals and an assist, and Brent Burns added two points as the Sharks beat the Kings on Thursday night at HP Pavilion, 4-3. Burns’ first period goal and his takeaway and assist on Couture’s third period marker sandwiched a pair of second period power play goals by Couture and Matt Irwin. Dustin Brown scored twice, including one on the power play, and Dwight King’s marker with 3:20 to go brought Los Angeles back to within one, but Antti Niemi shut the door after that. The Sharks’ goalie recorded 34 saves to pick up his 11th win, while Jonathan Quick was pulled in favor of Jonathan Bernier after giving up three goals on 12 shots. Bernier took the loss with eight saves on nine shots.

Injuries

Sharks: Marty Havlat (lower body) is questionable. Thomas Greiss (neck) is out.

Kings: Willie Mitchell (knee surgery) and Matt Greene (back) are on injured reserve.

Season series

This is the second of four meetings between the Pacific Division rivals after the Sharks took the first on Thursday, 4-3. The Kings return to HP Pavilion on April 16, and the teams conclude the regular season against one another in Southern California on April 27.

The Sharks are 64-46-7-6 all-time vs. Los Angeles.

Quoteable

“We obviously needed all of them. A bit of a relief, or milestone for us, however you want to put it. Now, we’ve got to go do it again on the road for the next 10 days.”
– Todd McLellan, on his team scoring four goals on Thursday