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Sharks at Kings preview

San Jose going for ninth win in 10 games; Los Angeles is 4-2-0 in past six

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (12-11-1) at KINGS (9-13-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, NBCSCA, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The San Jose Sharks will try for their ninth win in 10 games when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Monday. 

Sharks captain Logan Couture has scored the winner in overtime in each of the past two games, giving the Sharks a 2-1 win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday and against the New York Islanders on Saturday. 

Andrew Cogliano is the only player in NHL history to score in overtime in three straight games, doing so as a rookie with the Edmonton Oilers from March 7-11, 2008.

The Kings had their five-game winning streak at home end with a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, but they are 4-2-0 in their past six games.


Players to watch

Sharks forward Logan Couture has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a six-game point streak.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"It's four-point games where you're playing against teams in your division. To me, the 'rivalry' word is thrown a little too loosely because every game now in our division seems like a rivalry game, so there's eight teams in our division." -- Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic on playing the Kings

"Structurally, we should be more reactive than thinkers, and if we can get to that point where it's naturally happening, then we're in a good spot." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on how the players have adjusted to the new system 

Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Patrick Marleau  

Timo Meier -- Barclay Goodrow -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Dylan Gambrell  

Antti Suomela -- Melker Karlsson   

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson   

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Mario Ferraro

Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Lukas Radil, Noah Gregor 

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


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown  

Carl Grundstrom -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli   

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner 

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Nikolai Prokhorkin  

Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Alec Martinez

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Ilya Kovalchuk, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Trevor Lewis (lower body), Derek Forbort (back) 


Status report

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said it would be a game-time decision whether he will use 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the second straight game. … Hertl will miss his third straight game. … The Kings are expected to use the same lineup that played against the Coyotes. 


Stat pack

San Jose is 28-for-30 on the penalty kill (93.3 percent) in its past nine games. … Thornton has 79 points (18 goals, 61 assists) in 88 games against Los Angeles. … Kopitar has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past nine games. 

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