“This is an important game tonight between the Kings and the Sharks” = understatement of the century. Ok, well not century but this season for sure. How important is this game tonight? The Kings are tied with the Sharks with 82 points and set in 9th and 10th place respectively in the Western Conference standings. The Kings are just 1 point behind Dallas and Phoenix who are tied for 1st in the Pacific and they duke it out tonight. So one of those teams will get 2 points tonight. Nothing we can do about it except hope whoever wins, wins in regulation so the other team does not get that OT point.
Perfect scenario would be if the Kings win, and either Dallas or Phoenix wins in regulation to put the Kings in 2nd place in the Pacific and 7th in the conference. I won’t accept less. Not now. We are so hot winning 4 in a row! Tonight could be # 5 and place the Kings in a coveted spot going into our last 10 games.
The Sharks have gone 3-0-1 in their previous four games including a big loss last night to the Ducks. First time this season I actually rooted for the Sucks. But whether they liked it or not, they helped us a lot. San Jose’s goalie, Niemi was pulled last night as well. This bodes well for us as they are all messed up in the head and will probably come out swinging tonight. I think if the Kings play the same game they have played lately by coming out quick, opening up more and taking the shots when available, they can beat San Jose very easily. You know there will be fighting tonight. I’m not really sure why Sutter is not playing Westgarth tonight. The only reason I can think of is he wants to keep everything the same as these last four games. I know there will be blood drawn, just hope it’s not too much of our guys!
So, yes, tonight is an important game. Probably the most important so far. I say this almost every game preview, but tonight would REALLY be a good night for the old Richards to show up! Quick is in goal and Drewiski, Richardson and Westgarth are again healthy scratches. Niemi is in net for the Sharks and hopefully he is off kilter from the pull last night just enough for us to take advantage.
- Kopitar has six goals and five assists in his last 10 games.
- Carter has three goals and three assists in his last five games.
- Kings had a goal from each line on Saturday night – outstanding!
- Dwight King has three goals and four assists in his last nine games.
# 23 Brown– # 11 Kopitar – # 14 Williams
# 74 King– # 10 Richards – # 77 Carter
# 25 Penner – # 28 Stoll – # 22 Lewis
# 13 Clifford– # 24 Fraser – # 71 Nolan
# 7 Scuderi – # 8 Doughty
# 33 Mitchell – # 26 Voynov
# 27 Martinez –# 22 Greene
# 32 Quick
# 45 Bernier
San Jose Sharks
#39 Logan Couture – #19 Joe Thornton – #8 Joe Pavelski
#29 Ryane Clowe - #12 Patrick Marleau - #9 Martin Havlat
#34 Daniel Winnik – #17 Torrey Mitchell – #18 Dominic Moore
#10 Brad Winchester – #69 Andrew Desjardins - #78 Benn Ferriero
#44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic – #22 Dan Boyle
#3 Douglas Murray – #88 Brent Burns
#60 Jason Demers – #61 Justin Braun
#31 Antti Niemi
#1 Thomas Greiss
Go Kings Go!!!