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San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings

Within the second recreation of a back-to-back, the San Jose Sharks (9-6) journey right down to southern California to face their bitter rival Los Angeles Kings (11-Three-2).
That is the second time these groups will face off this season, with Los Angeles taking the primary assembly, on Oct. 7, by a ultimate rating of Four-1.
Regardless of the Kings successes to this point, they enter this recreation coming off a 5-1 dwelling loss on Thursday courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning whereas the Sharks, who additionally misplaced to the Lightning Wednesday, bounced again with a 5-Zero shutout victory over the Vancouver Canuckslast night time.
San Jose goalie Martin Jones has been a stud by the primary 15 video games, rating among the many league’s finest in all distinguished classes; fourth in targets in opposition to common, tied for 10th in wins and tied 11th in save share. Although the offense is 26th in targets per recreation (2.6), the staff has seen an uptick within the final six video games, scoring 18 targets.
Nonetheless, Los Angeles ranks ninth in targets per recreation and has regained type as among the best groups within the NHL after lacking the playoffs final 12 months, and now see themselves at present atop the Pacific Division. Kopitar is without doubt one of the league’s high 10 level scorers (20) whereas Veteran goalie Jonathan Fast, like his counterpart, ranks among the many league’s finest tying for third in wins (9 of the staff’s 11 wins), fifth in targets in opposition to common (2.29), and third in save share (.932).
One key to look out for in tonight’s match up is the significance of high quality 5-on-5 possibilities. Each groups possess sizzling goalies, stingy defenses, and place first and second in penalty kill share, respectively, so energy play targets may very well be scarce. However one thing’s received to provide proper?
Sure, it’s early within the season, however this is a crucial take a look at for San Jose and will probably be a possibility to spark one other win streak with their subsequent 4 video games coming in opposition to opponents under the seven win mark.
Aaron Dell began in opposition to the Canucks Saturday, so ‘Joner’ must be in web for San Jose.
The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time (10:30 p.m. ET) at Staples Heart, count on this to be a enjoyable, if not irritating, one.

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