Will there be any carry-over in terms of the Ryane Clowe stick-from-bench incident? Probably not. That’s in the past, and Clowe isn’t likely to be any more of a target than he usually is. That’s a compliment, because Clowe is the type of hard-nosed player who gets under opponents’ skin in any game, in any situation. The Kings would be wiser to play their own game and not worry about any retribution, or any carry-over from Thursday. That game is done, and there is playoff positioning at stake tonight. Clowe talked after the Sharks’ morning skate today and was asked if he thought he would be any more of a target tonight…

CLOWE: “I doubt it. If I get targeted, I’m more than willing. I’m ready.’’

A San Jose TV reporter pointed out to Clowe that “a Kings fan’’ had referred to him as “the evil Ryane Clowe.’’ Apparently, San Jose TV drove down and talked to one anonymous Kings fan. Regardless, Clowe took the suggestion of the pseudo-insult in stride…

CLOWE: “I got called a few things, but you know, it’s good. It’s good to see that passion come out. It’s the same as last year in the playoffs. We played L.A. and they’ve got great fans down there. I know they’re out West, sort of like we are, and San Jose fans and L.A. fans kind of get lost in the shuffle in hockey sometimes with us being out West, but they’re passionate. Staples Center is great. It was great in the playoffs. It was a loud building in the last game. It was fun, similar to what we get here. L.A., they’re passionate sports fans. I’ve been called worse, and I’m sure they will call me worse in the future.”

Today, Darryl Sutter and Todd McLellan echoed each other, as both coaches stressed the need for better discipline from their respective players tonight. Beyond the three fights on Thursday, the Kings were called for one major penalty and six minors, while the Sharks were called for eight minors. Jarret Stoll said the Kings can’t afford a repeat of that.

STOLL: “We had way too many penalties. This late in the year, you want to be playing hard-and-heavy hockey but you’ve got to be disciplined. They have a good power play, and ours was good last game. Mainly, discipline would be the good thing.

“We know if we play our style of game, we will be fine. We started off that way in L.A. in the last game, but some penalties got in the way and some loose play got in the way, and a little bit of a track meet started. We know how we need to play. It’s strong defensively. It’s smothering them, being all over them, getting in on the forecheck and being hard and heavy on the forecheck and staying out of the box.’’

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