KINGS (1-3) at SHARKS (3-1)
7:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST, CNBC; RADIO: AM 1150
ALIVE FOR FIVE: With a 6-3 win Thursday night at STAPLES Center, the Kings have survived to extend this first round playoff series with the San Jose Sharks to a fifth game tonight at SAP Center in Northern California. The Kings will look to survive once more in a building where they lost the first two games of this series, getting outscored 13-5.
STRUGGLES AT SAP: The Kings have dropped their previous five playoff games at San Jose’s SAP Center. The last time they defeated the Sharks in San Jose during the postseason, it was on April 23, 2011 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
The Kings were also down 3-1 in that series, and won Game 5 in San Jose to extend the series to a sixth game at STAPLES Center.
Kyle Clifford, who recorded one shot, seven hits, one blocked shot, and 14 PIMS in Thursday’s win, scored the game-winner for the Kings while Jonathan Quick made 51 saves to hold off the Sharks.
GAME FIVE JIVE
YOUR GAME 5 SETTING: The Sharks were the NHL’s best team on home ice during the regular season, accumulating 63 points at SAP Center with a 29-7-5 record. The Sharks have beaten the Kings 12 times in Los Angeles’ previous 13 visits to San Jose since the start of the 2011-’12 season.
So, how do you refer to playing in San Jose’s building?
OFFENSIVE TANGO: This series was predicated to be a tight both offensively and in the win column. It’s been neither; the Kings find themselves down 3-1 in the series, and both teams have combined to score 34 goals in the first four games. In their Western Conference Semifinals battle last postseason, the Kings and Sharks combined for 24 goals in seven games. Can the Kings carry over the strut from their six-goal outburst into Game 5 tonight?
THE OUTLOOK: For Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, San Jose’s 3-1 series lead holds no bearing on the team’s focus heading into Game 5: “The series score is not really the focus, it’s just the game, trying to win a game”.
ONE AT A TIME
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 6:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene at SAP Center for puck drop at 7:00PM PST.