Los Angeles Kings (24-14-4) vs San Jose Sharks (22-13-7)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Referees: #11 Kelly Sutherland, #33 Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: #82 Ryan Galloway, 86 Brad Lazarowich

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
Season: 32 GP (31 GS) / 15-12-3 record / 2.50 GAA / .898 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs San Jose: 17 (17) / 8-4-4 / 2.63 / .908 / 2
Last Game vs San Jose: 3/14/13 / 28 MP / 9-12 shots / 3-4 L (ND)
2012-13, Away: 17 (17) / 5-8-2 / 3.21 / .885 / 0

San Jose Projected Starting Goaltender – Antti Niemi
Season: 38 (38) / 21-10-6 / 2.13 / .925 / 4
Career vs Los Angeles: 16 (16) / 9-4-2 / 2.34 / .922 / 2
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 3/16/13 / 34 MP / 14-18 shots / 2-5 L
2012-13, Home: 19 (19) / 13-1-4 / 1.75 / .936 / 3

Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (10-27=37)
Goals: Jeff Carter (24-5=29)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (10-27=37)
Plus/Minus: Justin Williams (+15; 10-19=29)
Penalty Minutes: Keaton Ellerby (52*; 0-3=3)
*36 of Ellerby’s penalty Minutes came as a member of the Florida Panthers.

San Jose Leaders
Total Points: Joe Thornton (7-30=37)
Goals: Logan Couture (17-13=30); Patrick Marleau (17-11=28)
Assists: Joe Thornton (7-30=37)
Plus/Minus: Joe Thornton (+4; 7-30=37)
Penalty Minutes: Andrew Desjardins (59*; 1-1=2)
*Ryane Clowe leads the Sharks with 79 penalty minutes but was traded to the New York Rangers on April 2.

A stick tap goes to: Antti Niemi. The former Stanley Cup-winning goalie entered the season with a career 2.38 GAA and has improved upon his numbers with efforts that will draw Vezina Trophy consideration. Serving as San Jose’s backbone as the Sharks took time to improve their offensive production, Niemi has never wavered in what is becoming a career year. He has three shutouts in his last 11 starts, one of which was a 35-save blanking of the Phoenix Coyotes last night in Glendale. He’s likely to make his 21st consecutive start tonight.

A fist shake goes to: Los Angeles’ divisional record on the road. The Kings are 2-5-1 when traveling to visit Pacific Division teams, a record that must have little relevance if L.A. is to win at HP Pavilion, where the Sharks are 14-1-5. Antti Niemi was excellent against the Kings in a 4-3 win earlier this year at the Shark Tank, a building in which he has posted a 1.75 GAA and .936 Sv% to go along with three shutouts.

Why the Kings need to win this game: Should Los Angeles and San Jose meet in the first round, it would be in the Kings’ best interests to hold home ice advantage over the Sharks, who are 9-2-1 in their last 12 games and haven’t lost in regulation on home ice since February 5. The two teams on L.A.’s heels – San Jose and St. Louis – have a combined 10 home games and three road games remaining.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 8 / 2.81; SJS – 25 / 2.36
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 7 / 2.40; SJS – 6 / 2.33
Power Play: LAK – 9 / 20.0%; SJS – 12 / 19.5%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 14 / 82.3%; SJS – 4 / 86.6%
Shots/Game: LAK – 11 / 30.0; SJS – 4 / 31.7
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 24.5; SJS – 15 / 28.9
Faceoffs: LAK – 5 / 51.7%; SJS – 2 / 53.8%
Save Percentage: LAK – 20 / .902; SJS – 6 / .919

Projected Lines – Los Angeles

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dustin Penner – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Brad Richardson – Jordan Nolan

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Keaton Ellerby

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Notes: The Kings are 8-17-5 in their last 30 trips to HP Pavilion, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Los Angeles’ last win in San Jose was a 4-0 win on December 27, 2010. Mike Richards has points in six straight games (3-4=7). Kyle Clifford will play in his 200th career game tonight. The Kings are 30-for-127 (23.6%) on the power play over the last 38 games. As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – San Jose

TJ Galiardi – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Marty Havlat
Raffi Torres – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins – Scott Gomez – Adam Burish


Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Notes: Lines via Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com. Antti Niemi has made 20 consecutive starts in net. San Jose has outscored its opponents 34-22 in the opening period this season. The Sharks’ home power play ranks fourth (24.3%), while their home penalty killing ranks second (91.1%). As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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