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First Round Matchup: Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

It’ll be a wild one between the 2nd seed Los Angeles Kings and the 3rd seed San Jose Sharks. A Califonia rivalry. The last time these teams met was in 2014. San Jose got out to a 3-0 series lead before the Kings came back and won 4 straight games before going on to win the Stanley Cup. Don’t expect this one to be taken lightly by either teams.

The Los Angeles Kings hold home ice advantage for the series.

Broadcast Schedule:

G1 Thurs. April 14 San Jose @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET CBC

G2 Sat. April 16 San Jose @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET CBC

G3 Mon. April 18 Los Angeles @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m. ET CBC

G4 Wed. April 20 Los Angeles @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m. ET CBC

G5 Fri. April 22 San Jose @ Los Angeles, TBD

G6 Sun. April 24 Los Angeles @ San Jose, TBD

G7 Tues. April 26 San Jose @ Los Angeles, TBD

ADVANCED STATS:

Los Angeles: 5on5CF% – 56.4; 5on5Sv% – .929; 5on5Sh% – 6.79; PDO – 99.8

San Jose: 5on5CF% – 51.7; 5on5Sv% – .922; 5on5Sh% – 7.79; PDO – 100.1

(via stats.hockeyanalysis.com)

Los Angeles Kings

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings

  • 2nd in the Pacific Division
  • 5th in the Western Conference
  • 48-28-6

Los Angeles comes into the series after missing the playoffs last year to the kids from Calgary. Los Angeles has played great all year with the likes of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick. The Kings made a questionable deal earlier this year when they acquired Vincent Lecavelier and Brayden Schenn from Philadelphia but were proven right when both players changed their career paths in LA. Both times they won the Cup they faced odds as an 8th seed and coming back from a 3-0 deficit. With a second seed finish could that be a burden on the Kings?

San Jose Sharks

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  • 3rd in the Pacific Division
  • 6th in the Western Conference
  • 46-30-6

The Sharks season has been a good one after a dismal one last year. They didn’t qualify for the playoffs and looked like they’d go into a full on rebuild. But they stuck with it and made some acquisitions and now are in the Stanley Cup playoffs. With their core guys in Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Along with veterans Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton plus youngsters Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi have carried this team to where they are. Don’t be surprised if San Jose wants some redemption after losing to the Kings in 2014. Expect San Jose to come flying and have an extremely physical series.

Head-to-Head:

Los Angeles: 2-3-0

San Jose: 3-1-1

Leaders:

Los Angeles:

Goals: Tyler Toffoli – 31

Assists: Anze Kopitar – 49

Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli – +35

Powerplay Goals: Tyler Toffoli/Drew Doughty – 9

Goalie Wins:┬áJonathan Quick – 40

Goalie Save%: Jhonas Enroth – .922

San Jose

Goals: Joe Pavelski – 38

Assists: Joe Thornton – 63

Plus/Minus: Joe Thornton/Joe Pavelski –

Powerplay Goals: Joe Pavelski – 12

Goalie Wins: Martin Jones – 37

Goalie Save%: James Reimer – .922

Key Injuries

Los Angeles:

  • Alec Martinez – Undisclosed, Day-to-Day
  • Jordan Nolan – Back, IR Indefinetly
  • Marian Gaborik – Knee, IR Day-to-Day
  • Matt Greene – Shoulder, IR Indefinetly

San Jose:

  • Paul Martin – Undisclosed, Day-to-Day
  • Matt Tennyson – Concussion, Day-to-Day

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