Kings, Sharks to meet in first round
The Ducks clinched their second consecutive Pacific Division banner with a 5-2 win over the Sharks Wednesday night at Honda Center to drop San Jose into the two-three divisional match-up against Los Angeles.
Earlier today and in his post-game conversation with the media, Darryl Sutter hinted that the series will begin Wednesday. The Sharks would host games one and two, and five and seven, if necessary. The Kings would host games three and four, and game six if necessary.
There is an event booked for the SAP Center on Saturday, so if the above projection holds, Games one and two would likely be played next Wednesday and Friday. This is speculation, of course, and changes are always possible.
In the first round of the 2011 postseason, the Kings were 2-1 in San Jose and 0-3 at home. In the second round of the 2013 postseason, the Kings were 0-3 in San Jose and 4-0 at home. All games in the 2013 series were decided by one goal and won by the home team, which opened the scoring in each game.
Los Angeles was 3-1-1 in the season series, winning both games at home and going 1-1-1 on the road.
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