SOUTH VS NORTH:
Tonight marks the second of five meetings with the Sharks this season, and the first of three at San Jose’s SAP Center. After winning their first four games, the Sharks have dropped two straight – they’re beginning a three-game home stand tonight, and are coming off of a 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers Monday night. The Kings are playing their first road game of the season tonight after posting a 2-3-0 mark to open the campaign with a five-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Kings get their first taste of regular season road hockey tonight; they’ll play five of their next eight games away from STAPLES Center. Last season, the Kings posted a 15-18-8 record away from Los Angeles, which was third-worst in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference, and 23rd in the league. Can the Kings get off to a solid start on the road with a win tonight?
LINEUP: The Kings held an optional morning skate at the SAP Center, so line rushes from Wednesday’s practice, listed below, will dictate how the team is expected to skate tonight. Jhonas Enroth left the ice first this morning, so he is expected to make his Kings debut.
GABORIK – KOPITAR – BROWN
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
FORBORT – EHRHOFF
ENROTH ENROTH’S IN: Jhonas Enroth
, who the Kings signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, will make his first start tonight. Enroth appeared in 50 games with the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars last season, and in 131 career games, he is 43-61-14 with a .909 SV% and a 2.88 GAA. Enroth is 2-0-0 in two career starts against the Sharks, once as a member of the Sabres, and once with the Stars. Enroth has only made one career start at SAP Center, coming on April 6 of last season, making 23 saves in the Stars’ 5-1 win.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous meeting against the Sharks on October 7, opening night of the 2015-’16 season, they fell to San Jose 5-1. Nick Shore scored the Kings’ lone goal, redirecting a Dustin Brown shot past Martin Jones 1:49 into the game. San Jose responded with five straight goals, while Jones stopped the final 19 shots the Kings threw his way.
MR. JONES: The Kings will see their former goaltender Martin Jones for the second time this season; Jones has started five of San Jose’s six games this season, posting a 4-1-0 record with a .957 SV% and a 1.18 GAA. Jones, after allowing a goal to Nick Shore on the first shot he faced all season, went 234:33 minutes without surrendering a single goal thereafter, setting a new mark for the longest shutout streak in Sharks history, leaping over Alex Stalock’s 178:11 minute streak set two seasons ago. Jones is coming off of his first loss of the season Monday night, when he allowed four goals on 28 shots in San Jose’s 4-0 loss.
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WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: The Kings Live pregame show starts at 7:00PM on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from SAP Center for puck drop just after 7:30. As always, you can listen to the Kings’ very own Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves over at AM 790 KABC.