The San Jose Sharks are on a roll, and now they get to face a team that is experiencing difficulty scoring goals.
San Jose, winners of six straight, will host the struggling Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). The Kings have averaged 1.83 goals per game in January, well below their season average of 2.38.
"We can't fall into a trap where we get sleepy, lazy, nonchalant just because we're at home," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Teams are competing hard, and we have to match that."
Here's a closer look at the action Monday:
Boston Bruins at New York Islanders -- In their final tuneup before facing the New York Rangers on Wednesday as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium, the Islanders are going for their first season-series sweep of the Bruins since the 2005-06 season. Boston captain Zdeno Chara enters Monday with 499 career points; Islanders captain John Tavares has two goals and six assists during a six-game point streak.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes -- The Blue Jackets have won their past seven games against Carolina, including a 3-0 victory on Jan. 10 that featured a 36-save performance from Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. The Hurricanes have won three in a row; goalie Anton Khudobin has won 10 of 14 appearances this season.
Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins -- Buffalo emphatically ended a five-game skid by ending the Columbus Blue Jackets' eight-game winning streak in a 5-2 victory at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. The Penguins return home after suffering a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Pittsburgh, though, still has a comfortable lead atop the Metropolitan Division and is 7-2-1 in its past 10 games.
Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars -- After winning one of their first 10 games in 2014, the Stars are suddenly on a roll with three straight wins while outscoring their opponents 14-1. Dallas looks for its first four-game winning streak of the season. Colorado has won four of its past five road games and rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon has five points in his past four games.
Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks -- Edmonton ended a six-game skid by beating the Nashville Predators 5-1 at Rexall Place on Sunday. Oilers forward Jordan Eberle extended his point streak to five games (four goals, two assists) and Taylor Hall had two assists to extend his point streak to four. Vancouver also won a game Sunday; Kevin Bieksa scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the Canucks to a 5-4 win against the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena.
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks -- The Kings will try to end a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) against a Sharks team that has won six in a row. Los Angeles hasn't scored more than two goals in six of its past eight games, including a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. San Jose recently swept a three-game cross-country road trip with games against the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning before returning home and winning the first three games on a four-game homestand. Sharks center Joe Pavelski has seven goals and three assists in the past five games.