Wednesday. the Los Angeles Kings (24-14-6) look to continue their hot run over the last ten games against their NorCal rivals, the San Jose Sharks (13-21-8).
Puck Drops at 7:00 PM.
Kings players and coaches were adamant that trap games don't exist in the NHL, however, if they were real, Wednesday's matchup would be a trap game for the Kings.
A struggling Sharks team who've won just three of their last 10 games, with two of them coming against fellow bottom-feeder, is the kind of team that can shock the Kings if they aren't careful.
This is a Sharks team with plenty of players to hurt you as well. Erik Karlsson, Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl & Logan Couture are all high-quality players the Kings have to worry about.
The Kings aren't without star power either though. With Kevin Fiala playing some of his best hockey since coming over from Minnesota.
The Kings will be hoping for another explosive game from their power play, after posting four goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. And, ideally, another big night from their penalty kill, who blanked the Oiler's power play on six occasions.
A win Wednesday would bring the Kings to 7-3 over their last 10 games, a great start to the second half of their season.
Expected LA Kings Lines:
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Alex Iafallo-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi
Brendan Lemieux-Rasmus Kupari-Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Walker
Expected San Jose Sharks Lines:
Timo Meier-Tomas Hertl-Kevin Labanc
Matt Nieto-Logan Couture-Alexander Barbanov
Nick Bonino-Nico Sturm-Michael Eyssimont
Oskar Lindblom-Steven Lorentz-Jonah Gadjovich
Jaycob Megna-Erik Karlsson
Scott Harrington-Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Matt Benning-Mario Ferraro
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 38-154, 24.68%, 9th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 41-154, 73.38%, 25th in NHL
San Jose Sharks Power Play: 24-119, 20.17%, 20th in NHL
San Jose Sharks Penalty Kill: 19-123, 84.55%, 2nd in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:
- Monday night vs. Edmonton marked the first time in franchise history two Kings skaters scored two or more power-play goals in a single game (Kevin Fiala – 2; Adrian Kempe – 2).
- No team has played the Sharks more in league history than the Kings (171 GP).
- Jaret Anderson-Dolan leads all Kings skaters in scoring versus San Jose this year with three points (2-1=3) in two games. Four of his 10 career goals have been scored against the Sharks.
- The Kings are 14-1-0 when leading after two periods of play.
- Adrian Kempe established a new single-game career-high eight shots on goal Monday night vs. Edmonton.
How to Watch:
TV: TNT; Radio: iHeartRadio, Tu Liga