Kings @ Sharks Game Day Preview - 5/21/2013
Western Conference Semifinal Game Four
GAME DAY PREVIEW – GAME 4 VS. KINGS
May 21, 2013
Each Game Day on SJSHARKS.com, make sure to catch the “Game Day Preview” which will include Story Lines, matchups, Shark Bites, and much more as the Sharks continue their quest for the Stanley Cup! Let’s take a closer look at the Sharks second round series vs. the Los Angeles Kings!
Western Conference Quarterfinals
#6 San Jose Sharks (25-16-7) at #3 Vancouver Canucks (26-15-7)
Sharks WIN series 4-0
Wed., May 1 GAME 1 @ Vancouver 7:30pm Sharks WIN 3-1
Fri., May 3 GAME 2 @ Vancouver 7pm Sharks WIN 3-2 OT
Sun., May 5 GAME 3 @ San Jose 7pm Sharks WIN 5-2
Tue., May 7 GAME 4 @ San Jose 7pm Sharks WIN 4-3OT
Western Conference Semifinals
#6 San Jose Sharks (25-16-7) at #5 Los Angeles Kings (27-16-5)
Game 4 at 7pm (PST) Tuesday, May 21 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose
LA leads series 2-1
Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on NBCSN / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network (all games listed PST).
Tue., May 14 GAME 1 @ Los Angeles 7pm Kings win 2-0
Thu., May 16 GAME 2 @ Los Angeles 7pm Kings win 4-3
Sat., May 18 GAME 3 @ San Jose 6pm Sharks WIN 2-1OT
Tue., May 21 GAME 4 @ San Jose 7pm
Thur., May 23 GAME 5 @ Los Angeles 7:30pm
*Sun., May 26 GAME 6 @ San Jose TBD
*Tue., May 28 GAME 7 @ Los Angeles TBD
“I think if you ask any guy in this room… we think we are the better team… we have shown this most of the series,” said T.J. Galiardi. “It’s kind of a surprise that we are down in the series 2-1. We are not worried… take it one game at a time… and if we play like we did in Game 3… we will be fine.”
Battle in California!
The San Jose Sharks face the #5 seed Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 in the best of seven Western Conference Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is the 30th playoff series in franchise history for the Sharks (14-15) and the 2nd playoff series meeting vs. the Los Angeles Kings.
Previous Playoff Series/Action vs. the Kings:
2011 Western Conference Quarterfinal – the #2 seed San Jose Sharks defeated the #7 seed Los Angeles Kings 4-2.
The Sharks won three overtime games vs. the Kings in the series and scored six goals in three of their four wins. Ryan Clowe led all Sharks players with seven points (4-3-7) in the series. A lot has changed since the first and only playoff meeting between the Sharks and the Kings…. as LA won the Stanley Cup in 2012!
San Jose is 65-48-7-6 all-time in the regular season vs. the Kings (including 2-2-0 this season).
Sharks vs. Kings matchups to look for:
Let’s break it down through Game 3:
POWER PLAY: - advantage EVEN
Each team has won a game in large part to their special teams play. The Kings exploded for three power play goals in Game 2 after going just 2-for-15 in the six game series vs. the Blues. The Sharks are 0-for-6 on the power play through the first two games vs. the Kings but scored two power play goals in the 2-1 overtime win in Game 3. The Sharks have been lethal on the power play at the HP Pavilion… rocking out at a 40% success rate (8-for-20).
FACE-OFFS: - advantage slight edge to the SHARKS
The Sharks owned the face-off circle in Game 2 and have a 112-84 advantage through the first three games (57.1%). Logan Couture has been the most consistent in the playoffs having won 61-of-97 face-offs (62.9%)…. but went 0-for-7 in Game 3. Mike Richards has the best percentage on the Kings – but has only won 49.6% (59-of-119) of face-offs taken – Richards won 8-of-14 draws in Game 3 (57%). The Kings are finally starting to figure out the Sharks in the face-off dot… the Sharks better beware moving forward.
Lineup changes for Game 4?
San Jose: Martin Havlat left Game 3 after playing 4:25 of the first period for San Jose (first game since getting injured in Game 1 vs. Vancouver). Logan Couture left briefly in the second period after stepping on a puck but returned. Adam Burish is day-to-day with an injury sustained in Round 1. Defenseman Jason Demers is ready and could see action in this series…. could we see seven defenseman dressed in Game 4?
"Guys really stepped up," Pavelski said about Game 3. "The fourth line played a lot. Guys stepped up with short shifts. We had good game management. We did a good job."
"I'm anxious to mix it up, give & take some licks, for sure, I'm chomping at the bit,” said Jason Demers after practice on Monday.
Pavelski Couture Marleau
Galiardi Thornton Burns
Sheppard Gomez Wingels
Kearns Desjardins (______)
Los Angeles: forward Jarret Stoll left Game 1 late in the second period after he was checked by Raffi Torres and did not play in Games 2 or 3 – he was replaced by Brad Richardson. Kyle Clifford and Willie Mitchell are still out with undisclosed injuries. Jordan Nolan did not dress in Game 3 and was replaced by rookie Tanner Pearson who played just 5:44 in his NHL playoffs debut. Keaton Ellerby replaced Alec Martinez on the backend for Game 3.
Brown Kopitar Williams
King Richards Carter
Penner Richardson Lewis
Pearson Fraser Toffoli - Jordan Nolan could return in Game 4.
Shark Bites: (interesting tidbits heading into Game 4)
*Nice Home Record…. The Sharks are 3-0 at the HP Pavilion in the playoffs headed into Game 4 after having the best home record during the 2012-13 regular season (17-2-5)… San Jose is 40-33 all-time on home ice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
*Game 4…. San Jose is 15-14 all-time in Game 4’s including a 6-7 record on home ice… the Sharks defeated the Canucks 4-3 in overtime in Game 4 in the first round.
*Keep Shooting… Patrick Marleau leads all Sharks players with 33 shots on goal in the playoffs… Marleau is the franchise leader with 371 shots in 136 playoff games with San Jose.
*Top 3 in hits…. Tommy Wingels (36), Andrew Desjardins (21), and Brent Burns (20) are on top of the hits parade for the Sharks in the playoffs.
*League Leader… Logan Couture leads the entire NHL with four power play goals in the playoffs.
*Sharks staying out of box… the Sharks have only been whistled for 46 penalty minutes in seven games in the playoffs (6.6 minutes per game) – the fewest in the NHL.
*Tied….. Jonathan Quick (26 playoff wins) is tied for with Kelly Hrudy (26 wins) for the most playoff wins in franchise history.
*Tough scoring goals… the Kings have scored just six goals in four games (1.5 goals per game) on the road during the Stanley Cup playoffs this season.
*18%.... Jeff Carter won only 2-of-11 face-offs in Game 3 vs. the Sharks…. Including 0-for-6 vs. Joe Thornton.
*Playoff Debut… forward Tanner Pearson made his NHL playoff debut in Game 3 and played just 5:44 without registering a shot on goal.
What they are saying:
“We are a hungry team in here,” said Logan Couture. “We have been through a lot. A lot has been said about this team’s character through the years… and I don’t think that it has been fair. We believe in here….. we always have and always will… to win every game.”
With a little bit of time of in-between games, the Sharks are feeling good heading into Game 4. San Jose will look to build on the overtime heroics of Logan Couture from Game 3 and look to remain perfect on home ice this playoff season. You are never out of a playoff series until you lose a game at home… something the Sharks do not intend on doing in Game 4 before the series shifts back to LA on Thursday.
NHL.comKINGS at SHARKS
(Los Angeles leads best-of-7 series, 2-1)
TV: NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Big story: Following an overtime thriller on Saturday and two full days off, the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks get back at it in Game 4 from HP Pavilion. The Sharks can knot up the series with a win, while the Kings will look to become the first road team to taste victory.
Kings: Between its run to the Stanley Cup a year ago and having to rally from two games down in the first round this year against St. Louis, there aren't a lot of situations Los Angeles hasn't encountered and doesn't know how to handle. That's why it was surprising to see the Kings take some critical penalties in Game 3 and come a little unglued after the Sharks capitalized on them.
With less than a minute left in regulation of a 1-1 game, Robyn Regehr was called for hooking and Trevor Lewis received a goaltender interference penalty 37 seconds apart. That gave the Sharks a 5-on-3 heading into overtime, which the Kings killed off, but 11 seconds later they gave up the winning goal on the man advantage. Jonathan Quick, who made 38 saves, was given a game misconduct for chasing down an official to argue the calls.
"It's the position that we put ourselves into that is mind-boggling," forward Anze Kopitar said. "It's not the way we want to play and be in that situation. We came close to killing it off, but just like we've said it all along, you can't give them too many opportunities, because they will score and they did."
Sharks: Now the position for San Jose isn't quite as dire as if it had gone down 3-0 in the series, but if the Sharks can't come up with another win Tuesday they will be faced with having to take three in a row, two of which are scheduled for Staples Center.
Dan Boyle and Logan Couture got the power play clicking in Game 3, with Couture scoring the winner at 1:29 of overtime after it looked like he might be knocked from the game in the second period following a battle along the boards with Jeff Carter. Couture lost his balance and went awkwardly into the boards, came up favoring his left leg and departed the ice briefly. But he'd be back.
"It's playoffs. Everyone plays through injuries," Couture said. "The four years I've been here, I've seen guys play through a lot of injuries. The Stanley Cup is what you're playing for. Whatever it takes."
Who's hot: Quick has stopped 101 of 106 shots in this series for the Kings, a .953 save percentage. … Patrick Marleau leads the Sharks in scoring over the first three games with a goal and two assists.