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Safe at home?: Los Angeles Kings rely on home-ice experience after SJ Shark playoff attack

Monday, 04.21.2014 / 7:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Safe at home?: Los Angeles Kings rely on home-ice experience after SJ Shark playoff attack

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are home from a two-game playoff humiliation still confident they can compete against the San Jose Sharks.

Los Angeles hasn't appeared capable of keeping up with the speedy, motivated Sharks so far. But the Kings plan to rely on their playoff experience and an improved defensive effort when they host Game 3 on Tuesday night at Staples Center.

It takes more than a couple of horrific road games to unnerve a veteran roster packed with Stanley Cup champions, according to leading scorer Anze Kopitar.

The Sharks' biggest obstacle appears to be overconfidence after outclassing their heated rivals twice. But after years of playoff failure, San Jose isn't likely to get too happy.

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