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After a thrilling 5-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks last night, the Sharks immediately turn around and travel down to Los Angeles to face the Kings. The Kings are currently leading the Pacific Division, and have the advantage in the season series after being the Sharks in the second game of the season.
While the team immediately has to forget about last night, others sure don't have to. Several interesting stats came out of the victory. Tomas Hertl scored the second-earliest game-winner in franchise history yesterday, with his goal 48 seconds into the game. The only one earlier? Joel Ward's goal 30 seconds into the game, also against the Canucks on April 4 of the this year.
While the power play has still seen its struggles, the penalty kill remains as strong as ever. Not only is it second in the league in effectiveness, the Sharks scored three (yes, three) shorthanded goals against the Canucks last night. Of course, the only penalty kill more effective than the Sharks' belongs to tonight's opponent.
The 5-0 score of last night's game doesn't quite tell the whole story; three of the goals came in the final two minutes (two empty-netters, one penalty shot), and the Sharks were out-shot by the Canucks for a good part of the game. Though a win is on the right track, the Sharks need to make sure to bring their A-game against a division foe tonight.
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With no morning skate, it'll be later in the day before the Sharks lineup is more solidified. One thing we can be sure of is that Martin Jones gets the start against his former team, with Aaron Dell starting yesterday.
In any case, here are the lines from yesterday, which may change come 7:30PM.
Video: DeBoer speaks to media prior to tonights matchup