We could be getting a preview of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight when the San Jose Sharks play host to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings officially clinched the third seed in the Pacific Division last night with their 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. While the Sharks are currently in second place and still have a slim chance at taking the number one seed in the division, it looks as if these two teams are just about locked in as each other’s first round opponents.
But before the two meet in the post season dance, they will take to the ice tonight and try to grab another two points. Like mentioned before the Kings will be on the back-end of a back-to-back series, a scenario the Kings are pretty familiar with this season. The Kings have been in 13 back-t0-back situations this season and have gone 7-5-1 in the second game of those sets of games.
The Sharks are coming into tonight’s game on the heels of a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The Sharks lead that game 3-1 but gave up that lead and had to rally late in the game in order to pull of that victory.
This will be the fifth and final meeting between the two teams. The Kings have had the Sharks’ number this season and have gone 3-0-1 against their rivals from the north. All but one game, a 4-1 victory for the Kings, have been decided by a one-goal margin.
Jonathan Quick got the start last night and with the Kings locking up a playoff spot don’t be surprised if Quick gets some rest tonight and Martin Jones gets the start.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time.