SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, two Pacific Division rivals fighting to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will each have one more chance to get back on track before the All-Star break when they play Wednesday at SAP Center.
With 54 points, the Sharks are in third place in the Pacific, one point ahead of the Calgary Flames, who own the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, and two ahead of the Kings.
"It's a huge game standings wise," Sharks center Logan Couture said following the morning skate. "Yeah, it's at home. Yeah, we've got a four-day break or five-day break after this. Still, we know where they are in the standings. It's a massive game. We're getting to the last push here of the season where every point is huge. We've given away a couple points in our last couple games. We've got some injuries, they've got some injuries. We're going to have to battle for a point or for two tonight. I expect us to bring our best. We need to be a lot better than we were the other night."
The Sharks and Kings have been struggling. The Kings are coming off a 1-2-4 homestand. The Sharks have gone 1-1-1 in the first three games of their crucial seven-game homestand.