Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 48 @ San Jose, January 24, 2016, 7pm PST
Just one night after losing in Arizona, the Los Angeles Kings are back to work as they travel to San Jose to take a resurgent 25-18-3 Sharks squad hoping to trim their rival’s division lead.
This is the fourth of five meetings between the Kings and Sharks this season. San Jose took the last meeting at STAPLES Center by a 5-3. The Kings, though, won the first, and to date, only, meeting at the SAP Center this season, which was a 4-1 final back on Oct. 22. Jhonas Enroth (3-1-0, 2.18 GAA, .930 save percentage) picked up his first win as a King that night and since Jonathan Quick played on Saturday, expect Enroth to be back in goal on Sunday. He hasn’t played since Jan. 4, though.
The Kings, though, have lost two-in-a-row for the first time since the Sharks beat them last month and hope to avoid three-straight losses for the first time since the opening week of the season. As great as the Sharks have been as of late, they are only 9-12-1 on home ice thus far. Still, the Kings cannot afford to take their opponents lightly who can trail by as little as six points with a win. That is especially the case if Joe Pavelski has anything to say about it.
The 31-year-old has seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games against the silver-and-black this season while boasting a very respectable career mark against the Kings with 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) in 51 games.
Dustin Brown was moved up to Los Angeles’s second line on Saturday alongside Jeff Carter and Dwight King. The move paid immediate dividends as the captain scored his first goal in 11 games. Milan Lucic is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday despite injuring his wrist on Saturday. X-rays were negative, though.
The Kings are in a mini-slump right now and nothing would please the Sharks and their fans more than adding to that one. Can they, or will the silver-and-black return to the win column? We’ll see.
Enjoy the game!