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12-15-2008, 04:12 PM
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San Jose @ Los Angeles - 12/15/08 - 7:30PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(13-12-4, 30 pts)

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San Jose Sharks
(24-3-2, 50 pts)


7:30PM (PST) @ Staples Center Los Angeles, CA


TV Broadcast: FSN-W (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 205


GAME PREIVEW
The Los Angeles Kings have won three straight home games in impressive fashion. Their next opponent, however, has a considerably more notable streak going.

The NHL-leading San Jose Sharks try for their 14th straight game without a regulation loss when they visit Staples Center on Monday.

San Jose (24-3-2) has been nearly unbeatable during its torrid start, going 11-0-1 in its last 12 games and 18-1-2 in a 21-game stretch dating to Oct. 25.

Only one Western Conference team - defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit - is within 10 points of the Sharks.

"It's fun," center Marcel Goc said. "We like winning and we want to keep doing it. Detroit is right there and we don't want them catching us."

First-year coach Todd McLellan's club easily leads the league with 3.69 goals per game and ranks third with a 2.34 goals-against average. San Jose is averaging nearly 10 more shots on goal per game than its opponents, and already has five 10-goal scorers and seven players with 20 points or more.

Even when things haven't gone well for the Sharks, they've often found a way to win. They trailed 3-1 midway through the second period Saturday, but battled back for a 5-4 victory over visiting St. Louis.

Captain Patrick Marleau's second goal of the game broke a tie with about five minutes left, improving San Jose to 16-0-2 at home.

"We feel like we're never out of it," said Marleau, who's shifted from center to left wing and has 15 goals after totaling 19 in 78 games last season. "When we find ourselves down a couple of goals, we remind ourselves to stick with the game plan."

The Sharks will try to carry that momentum over to their three-game road trip, which takes them to Columbus on Wednesday before a showdown with the Red Wings on Thursday.

First, they'll focus on the Kings (13-12-4), who also come in with confidence following back-to-back victories. After beating St. Louis 6-2 on Thursday, Los Angeles put 43 shots on goal in a 3-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday to extend its home winning streak to three.

The Kings have outscored opponents 12-3 during that span.

Anze Kopitar and Michal Handzus scored on the power play Saturday and Dustin Brown added a pair of assists for the Kings, the only team allowing fewer shots per game (26.0) than San Jose. The Sharks are giving up 26.1.

Erik Ersberg made 16 of his 33 saves in the third period to improve to 7-1-2 with a 2.12 GAA at Staples Center this season. He's faced the Sharks once, making 32 saves in the Kings' 4-2 home win April 3.

With Jason LaBarbera in net for Los Angeles, San Jose started the Kings' season by sweeping a home-and-home series Oct. 11-12. The Sharks earned a 1-0 road victory in the finale as Brian Boucher stopped 21 shots for San Jose.

The Sharks are 18-7-1 against the Kings since the lockout - 10-3-0 in Los Angeles.

They'll have to play without Jeremy Roenick for the next three weeks, though, after the veteran center injured his shoulder in a 2-0 win over Anaheim on Thursday.

Source: Associated Press



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Derek Armstrong - Head (Questionable for Dec. 15 vs. San Jose)
Marc-Andre Cliche - Shoulder IR (Out until at least late December)
Jack Johnson - Shoulder IR (Out until at least late January)
Brad Richardson - Foot (Questionable for Dec. 15 vs. Sharks)

SAN JOSE
Jonathan Cheechoo - Upper body (Out until at least mid-December)
Jeremy Roenick - Shoulder (Out until at least early January)
Torrey Mitchell - Leg IR. (Out until at least late December)

Source: Sportsline.com



PREVIOUS MEETINGS
10/12/08 - SJ @ LAK | 1-0 (Sharks)
10/11/08 - LAK @ SJ | 3-1 (Sharks)

*Kings all time record against Sharks: 43-46-7-4

Source: NHL.com



INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 25PTS (10 G / 15 A)
Thornton, SJ - 35PTS (8 G / 27 A)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 18PTS (2 G / 16 A)
Boyle, SJ - 25PTS (10 G / 15 A)

Source: NHL.com



PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
Ersberg, LA - 17 GP (8-5-2)
GAA 2.39 / SV% .902

Nabokov, SJ - 20 GP (17-2-1)
GAA 2.48 / SV% .904

Source: NHL.com



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 2.69 (10th)
SJ – 2.34 (3rd)

Avg. Goals For
LA – 2.69 (18th)
SJ– 3.69 (1st)

Power Play %
LA – 19.6 (10th)
SJ – 22.4 (7th)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 83.8 (9th)
SJ – 84.5 (T-6th)

Source: NHL.com



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Biggest game of the year so far. A win would go a really long way. Good thing we're at home because we'd be slaughtered Colorado style otherwise.

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this is going to be tough but anything can happen! GO KINGS GO!

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Let's get a win!
Hell Yea!

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Man this would be a sweet win.

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The Kings need to put the pressure on early and get a goal or two. I think they're going to lose but I hope they prove me wrong. Lets hope the team that showed up on Saturday shows up tonight.

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I scored 4 tickets in one of the suites tonight so my 4 tickets up in 306 are available pending a yes/no from a friend.

PM me if interested as I will sell them for the Die Hard price of $11.

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Im going to try to not get too mad if they lose, but if they win im gunna go nuuuuuuuts!

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A win would be quite satisfying. However, San Jose could not show up and still win 5-2. The Kings have to show up mentally, physically, and emotionally to have much chance. Just never know when, or if, the Kings will do any of those three things.

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OT or shootout loss.

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I'm hoping beyond hope that the Kings can pull off a win here. I think we're the only team in the league to have held the Sharks to only one goal this season.

If the team from the Minnesota game shows up, we have a definite shot at this.

Also, San Jose has to lose a regulation game sooner or later.

5-4 Kings.

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Im going to try to not get too mad if they lose, but if they win im gunna go nuuuuuuuts!
Me too, but it will be hard! GO KINGS GO!

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Im going to try to not get too mad if they lose, but if they win im gunna go nuuuuuuuts!
My thoughts exactly.

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I have a good feeling about this one. Kings will pull off an upset in a very competitive game.

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I hope Rob Blake takes a puck to face tonight and I mean that in the best possible way. Maybe Raitus can get him back for last year? I'll settle for Dustin knocking him off his feet.

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I hope Rob Blake takes a puck to face tonight and I mean that in the best possible way. Maybe Raitus can get him back for last year? I'll settle for Dustin knocking him off his feet.
Just watch "Blakey" he is going to score....
I feel that he is going to rip it from the point..
I want a win soooooo bad but I feel not good about it...

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Im pumped up for this game, and I cant even go, stupid work. Anyways put me in the group of, I really dont think we will win but it would steller if we did.

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Game notes from Yahoo Sports:
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G Evgeni Nabokov played in his 450th contest Saturday, the fourth-most games with one team among goalies all-time. ... San Jose has 50 points through 29 games, tied for the best start in NHL history with the 1929-1930 Boston Bruins. ... The Sharks' top line has 101 points. ... San Jose is the only team in the league with three players with 30-plus points. ... The Sharks trailed by two goals for the first time at home since October 18 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.
Wow.

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Wow.
It's insane, they just about have double the points of Dallas.

Ill be happy if we can get this game to OT.

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I'm hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

If the kings can pull off a win tonight, I think my head might explode.

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I'm hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

If the kings can pull off a win tonight, I think my head might explode.
My thoughts exactly.

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It'll be close. Pavelski's out and we have rooks on lines 2-4. Good luck.

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First goal is imperative.

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