Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
West Semi Final, Game 4 @ San Jose; May 21/13, 7pm PST (10pm EST)
After a tough loss in Game 3 at San Jose on Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings hope to get back to their winning ways in Game 4 as face the Sharks again at the HP Pavilion hoping to return the series to Los Angeles where they will be in a position to finish off their state rivals. But one step at a time.
For a team who only lost two regulation games on home ice during the regular season, the Sharks did exactly bring their A-game on Saturday despite peppering Jonathan Quick with 40 shots. They scored early in the game but came up with very few scoring opportunities since before ending the game in overtime. The Kings, meanwhile, weren’t much better as they couldn’t generate as many scoring opportunities as they hoped.
Either way, Game 3 was a close game and we should expect the same from Game 4.
After Game 3 ended with some controversy with two late penalties against the Kings followed by Jonathan Quick’s alleged abuse of an official following the game, it should be assumed that the Kings will enter Tuesday night with a collective chip on their shoulders as nothing would satisfy them more than leaving the Shark Tank with a 3-1 series lead.
While Jarret Stoll still remains sidelined, the Kings did get a big boost as they discovered that Kyle Clifford will be making his series debut on Tuesday. The addition of Clifford should bring a significant amount of intensity to the Los Angeles side and it may be even be a spark offensively as the Big Red Dog has been known to find the back of the net every so often.
Given the abuse he took in Game 3, Kings fans hope their team will come out a little hungrier on the defensive side of things, helping out their goaltending a little more.
For fans of both the Kings and Sharks, these few days have been agonizing as both sides just want to see the puck dropped for Game 4. Will the Kings return home with the upper hand or do the Sharks have what it takes to turn this series into a best-of-three?
We’ll find out on Tuesday evening.
Enjoy the game!