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GAME: Los Angeles Kings (36-24-5) at San Jose Sharks (30-23-9).

TIME: Monday, 10:30 p.m. EST.

The Los Angeles Kings will try to end an eight-game losing streak in San Jose and improve their playoff positioning when they meet the Sharks.

The Kings have been held to one goal or less five times since winning in San Jose on March 18, 2002.

Los Angeles starts play with 77 points. Just six points separate fourth-place Colorado from Anaheim and Edmonton, which are tied for eighth in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Sharks are tied with Minnesota for 10th place with 69 points.

Los Angeles' last six wins have been one-goal decisions, including a 2-1 shootout victory Saturday over St. Louis.

Luc Robitaille scored the only shootout goal, and Mathieu Garon stopped all three shootout attempts for his 27th win, the most by a Kings goaltender since Felix Potvin had 31 in 2001-02.

Mark Parrish, playing his second game since arriving in a trade last week from the New York Islanders, scored a third-period goal for the Kings.

San Jose is looking for its third win in a row on its season-high six-game homestand. The Sharks are coming off a 3-2 overtime win Saturday against Nashville in a penalty-filled game.

The Sharks could be without right wing Scott Parker, who faces a possible suspension after he attempted to scale the glass to fight Nashville's Brendan Witt. Neither landed any big punches, but both were ejected after teammates and coaches pulled them down.

San Jose coach Ron Wilson thought Parker, playing his second game after missing 26 with a concussion, provided an emotional lift.

"It was kind of old-time hockey," Wilson said. "I'm not happy that we had to go to overtime to win, but we certainly deserved both points with the way we played physically."

Vesa Toskala made 17 saves for the Sharks, who have missed starter Evgeni Nabokov for the last two games because of an abdominal bruise.

Joe Thornton assisted on Christian Ehrhoff's goal 2:56 into overtime. Thornton, who leads the league with 67 assists, has two points in each of his last three games.

STANDINGS: Kings - 77 points, 2nd place, 10 PB, Pacific Division. Sharks - 69 points, 4th place, 18 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Parrish, 25 goals; Lubomir Visnovsky, 43 assists and 60 points; Avery, 215 PIM. Sharks - Cheechoo, 37 goals; Thornton, 67 assists and 92 points; Mark Smith, 81 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Kings - Power play: 15.4 percent (66 for 428), 24th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.7 percent (317 for 403), 28th. Sharks - Power play: 17.8 percent (68 for 381), 15th. Penalty killing: 81.1 percent (249 for 307), 22nd.

GOALTENDERS: Kings - Garon (27-16-3, 2 SO, 3.00 GAA); Jason LaBarbera (9-8-2, 0, 3.29). Sharks - Toskala (11-6-2, 0, 2.88); Nabokov (14-16-7, 1, 2.98).

SEASON SERIES: Sharks, 4-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 24, Sharks, 4-1. At San Jose, Calif., Patrick Marleau had two goals and an assist, and Smith and Kyle McLaren each added two assists for the Sharks. Joe Corvo scored a power-play goal for the Kings.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 15-15-4 on the road; Sharks - 19-7-5 at home.

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