Sharks-Kings at a glance

Sharks-Kings at a glance
April 16, 2013, 2:30 pm
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The Sharks could leapfrog the Kings and take the fourth seed with a win on Tuesday. (AP IMAGES)

Where they stand
Sharks: 22-13-7, 51 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Kings: 24-14-4, 52 points, 2nd Pacific Division, 4th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.36 (25th)
Goals-against per game: 2.33 (6th)
Power play: 19.5 percent (12th)
Penalty kill: 86.6 percent (4th)

Kings
Goals per game: 2.81 (8th)
Goals-against per game: 2.40 (7th)
Power play: 20.0 percent (9th)
Penalty kill: 82.3 percent (14th)

Probable lines

Sharks
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
Raffi Torres - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins - Scott Gomez - Adam Burish


Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers


Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

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

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Keaton Ellerby

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Logan Couture. A big game player, Couture had two goals in the first meeting with the Kings at HP Pavilion on March 14, including one on the power play. Couture has two goals in the last three games and is now tied with Patrick Marleau for the team lead (17). In 15 games against the Kings in his career, Couture has four goals and eight assists for 12 points.

Kings: Mike Richards. The Kings’ second line center has a six-game point streak, with seven total over that span (3g, 4a). He’s tied with Jeff Carter and Justin Williams for second in club scoring with 29 points (11g, 18a), but his -4 rating is among the worst on the team. In 15 career games against the Sharks, Richards has five goals and seven assists for 12 points.

Last game

Sharks: Logan Couture, Tommy Wingels and Joe Pavelski scored in quick succession in the second period and Matt Irwin scored late on the power play in a 4-0 win over Phoenix at Jobing.com Arena on Monday night. Antti Niemi recorded his fourth shutout with 35 saves as the Sharks wrapped up a four-game road trip with two wins and two losses.

Kings: The Kings haven’t played since Saturday at home when they beat the Ducks, 2-1. Drew Doughty scored a first period goal and assisted on Mike Richards’ second period game-winner. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves, while the Kings managed just 18 shots on goal.

Injuries

Sharks: Scott Hannan (neck) is questionable.

Kings: Willie Mitchell (knee surgery) is out for the year. Matt Greene (back surgery) is out.

Season series

The Sharks and Kings split a home-and-home in mid-March. San Jose took a 4-3 win on March 14 at HP Pavilion, and the Kings responded with a 5-2 victory on March 16 at Staples Center. The teams face each other on April 27 in the final game of the regular season.

Brent Burns leads all scorers in the season series with four points (1g, 3a). The Kings’ Dustin Brown, Justin Williams and Rob Scuderi have three points each, as does San Jose’s Logan Couture (2g, 1a).

Quoteable

“Getting two wins on the road is pretty good, especially coming into the last road game with only one win, getting a second is huge for us. It’s not going to be easy at home with the back-to-back.” – Antti Niemi, after the 4-0 win in Phoenix last night

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