Game 76 Preview: Los Angeles at San Jose - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (45-25-5) at San Jose Sharks (41-28-6)
Monday, March 28, 2016, 7 p.m. PT
SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Referees: #4 Wes McCauley, #6 Francis Charron
Linesmen: #73 Vaughan Rody, #58 Ryan Gibbons
NBCSN, KABC 790 AM, I Heart Radio

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2015-16: 62 GP (62 GS) / 38-20-4 record / 2.21 GAA / .918 Sv% / 4 SHO
Career vs San Jose: 28 (28) / 14-8-5 / 2.55 / .908 / 3
Last Game vs San Jose: 12/22/15 / 60 MP / 18-22 shots / 5-3 L
2015-16, Away: 27 (27) / 16-9-2 / 2.11 / .930 / 3

San Jose Projected Starting Goaltender – Martin Jones
2015-16: 61 GP (61 GS) / 35-21-4 record / 2.25 GAA / .918 Sv% / 5 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 4 (4) / 2-1-1 / 2.70 / .906 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 1/24/16 / 64 MP / 29-32 shots / 3-2 OTL
2015-16, Home: 29 (29) / 13-14-1 / 2.30 / .910 / 2

Washington Capitals v San Jose Sharks

2015-16 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (25-43=68)
Goals: Tyler Toffoli (29-24=53)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (25-43=68)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+33; 29-24=53)
Penalty Minutes: Brayden McNabb (88; 2-9=11)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (28:04; 14-34=48)
Corsi-For Percentage: Nick Shore (60.9%; 3-7=10)

2015-16 San Jose Leaders
Total Points: Joe Thornton (17-55=72)
Goals: Joe Pavelski (35-36=71)
Assists: Joe Thornton (17-55=72)
Plus/Minus: Joe Thornton (+26; 17-55=72), Joe Pavelski (+26; 35-36=71)
Penalty Minutes: Roman Polak (63; 1-14=15)
Time On Ice: Brent Burns (26:03; 26-41=67)
Corsi-For Percentage: Joe Thornton (56.7%; 17-55=72)

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 13 / 2.72; SJ – 3 / 2.88
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 2.31; SJ – 14 / 2.57
Power Play: LAK – 8 / 20.5%; SJ – 4 / 22.1%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 15 / 81.4%; SJ – 23 / 79.9%
Shots/Game: LAK – 3 / 32.1; SJ – 11 / 30.4
Shots Against/Game: LAK – t-3 / 27.5; SJ – 2 / 27.4
Faceoffs: LAK – t-9 / 50.4%; SJ – t-9 / 50.4%
Save Percentage: LAK – 9 / .916; SJ – t-21 / .906
Corsi-for Percentage: LAK – 1 / 56.2% / SJ – t-7 / 51.8%

Boston Bruins v San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Tanner Pearson – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Milan Lucic – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King – Vincent Lecavalier – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Nic Dowd – Andy Andreoff

Brayden McNabb – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez
Rob Scuderi – Luke Schenn

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 62-59-19 all-time against San Jose, a record that includes an away mark of 24-34-12. The Kings are 2-2-0 in the season series, with all four games having been won by the visiting team. Home teams are still 26-9-2 in the last 37 regular season games in the series. … Los Angeles is 25-16-2 against the Western Conference and 15-9-0 against the Pacific Division. … With 45 wins, the Kings are one win shy of the franchise record for wins in a season (46; four times, most recently 2013-14). Tyler Toffoli leads the NHL with a +33 rating, while Anze Kopitar and Chris Kunitz are tied for second place at +31. With 29 goals, Toffoli is one goal from becoming the first King with 30 goals in a season since Anze Kopitar scored 34 in 2009-10. … Jeff Carter has points in two straight games (2-2=4) and has scored at least 20 goals in eight consecutive seasons. … In 30 games since January 24, Drew Doughty has seven goals, 24 points and a +11 rating. Tonight will be his 600th career game. He is in a tie with Steve Duchesne for second place all-time amongst Kings defensemen with 315 career points (80-235=315). … With 38 wins, Jonathan Quick is one win from tying his career-high of 39 wins, which is also the team’s franchise record of wins by a goalie, set in 2009-10.

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San Jose Projected Lines

Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Melker Karlsson – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Dainius Zubrus – Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak

Martin Jones
James Reimer

Notes and milestones: Lines via Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com … Via Kurz, San Jose is expected to be without Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body), Matt Nieto (hand) and Matt Tennyson (concussion). The Sharks are 2-5-1 without Vlasic in the lineup this season. … San Jose is 21-17-5 against the Western Conference and 13-8-3 against the Pacific Division. … The Sharks can clinch a playoff spot by winning tonight in any fashion OR if Arizona loses to Calgary in regulation OR if San Jose collects one point AND Arizona loses to Calgary in any fashion. … The Sharks are 7-2-0 in their last nine games against teams that currently hold a playoff spot. … Patrick Marleau has played in 535 consecutive games, dating back to April 9, 2009. Joe Pavelski had played in 407 consecutive games, and Brent Burns 218. … With 67 points, Brent Burns now holds the franchise record for points by a defenseman, surpassing Sandis Ozolinsh’s 64 points in 1993-94. With 26 goals, Burns has tied Ozolinsh’s single-season franchise record for goals by a defenseman, also established in 1993-94. Burns’ 324 shots on goal represent a franchise record, regardless of position. … Joe Thornton ranks second in the NHL with 45 points (10-35=45) since January 9 and has recorded at least one point in each of San Jose’s last 28 wins. … Martin Jones appeared in 34 games with Los Angeles from 2013-15, going 16-11-2 with a 1.99 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and seven shutouts.

Washington Capitals v San Jose Sharks

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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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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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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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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