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Los Angeles has point in six of past eight; San Jose going for 10th win in 12 games

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (10-13-2) at SHARKS (13-12-1)



The Game

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks will play for the second time in five days when they meet at SAP Center on Friday.

The Sharks won 4-3 in overtime at Staples Center on Monday before having their three-game winning streak end with a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. Martin Jones is expected to start for San Jose, which is 9-2-0 in its past 11 games.

The Kings are coming off a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders on Wednesday and are 5-2-1 in their past eight games. Jonathan Quick, who is 5-1-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in his past seven starts, is expected to start for Los Angeles.


Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has five points (three goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak and 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.

Sharks center Logan Couture has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it 

"The L.A. Kings have always had an identity. We're trying to change it a little bit. We're trying to play a certain way I believe we're working toward. We still have a lot of work to do. We have to go on the road and prove we can implement the identity there." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"We're going through a little bit of a cold spell. I don't think it's an accident with [Tomas Hertl] out of the lineup. He's a big piece for us on there. So we've got to find a way." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on the power play, which is 0-for-11 in the past four games


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Matt Luff

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Sean Walker -- Matt Roy

Kurtis MacDermid -- Joakim Ryan

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Ilya Kovalchuk, Trevor Lewis 

Injured: Derek Forbort (back), Alec Martinez (wrist laceration), Gabriel Vilardi (back)


Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Patrick Marleau

Timo Meier -- Barclay Goodrow -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Melker Karlsson

Noah Gregor -- Antti Suomela -- Dylan Gambrell

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Mario Ferraro

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Tim Heed

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body), Tomas Hertl (ankle), Lukas Radil (undisclosed)


Status report

Hertl practiced wearing a non-contact jersey on Thursday and is expected to miss his fifth straight game. … Radil also practiced in a non-contact jersey.


Stat pack

Iafallo has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past two games. … San Jose has scored the first goal in four straight games. 

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