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San Francisco Chronicle 6 hours ago

Sharks-Kings playoff capsule preview

Kings playoff preview How they finished San Jose (51-22-9, 111 points), second in the Pacific Division, fourth in the Western Conference and fifth in the NHL overall standings Goalies Antti Niemi, Sharks, 39-17-7 (64 games), 2.39 goals-against average, .913 save percentage, 4 shutouts Playoff histories Sharks and Kings have met twice previously, San Jose winning in six games during the 2010-11 postseason and losing last spring in seven games. While they ranked only 20th on the power play at 17.2 percent (No. 22 home and 11th road) in the regular season, the Kings with 15.1 percent at No....
San Jose Mercury News 11 hours ago

Stanley Cup playoffs live chat: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 1, Thursday at 7 p.m.

Join Curtis Pashelka for a live chat as the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoffs.
Anaheim Calling 12 hours ago

Kid Ish's Pizzametrics, Week 26 (& 27): Plus a Quick Ducks-Stars Thought

Out-possessed the Sharks and had a good first period against the Kings?! Plus what the possession numbers mean for the first round matchup with Dallas. WEEK 26 (& 27)Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers (L) The short end of this game: probably the game that saw Jonas...
Fear The Fin 12 hours ago

Better Know a King: Marian Gaborik

Everyone knows Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick are the opponents to keep an eye on when the Sharks begin their first-round matchup with Los Angeles on Thursday. In this series of posts, we'll be looking at some of the lesser-known - but still...

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LA Kings Insider Apr 14, 2014

Kings-Sharks: Weathering the storm

Inexorably linked to The home ice factor in the Kings-Sharks preview series, one of the challenges of facing San Jose is dealing with the team’s notoriously strong starts at home. San Jose led the NHL with 83 first period goals in 2013-14, and outscored their opponents 129-84 at the SAP Center; their +45 home goal differential was the fourth best in the league. San Jose’s strong starts aren’t limited to home games. The Sharks have scored six goals in the first minutes of a game and 11 goals in the first two minutes of a game this season. Asked what [...]
San Jose Mercury News Apr 14, 2014

Sharks not ready to announce who'll be their goalie against Los Angeles Kings

Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Monday did not name who his starting goalie will be for Game 1 of San Jose's first round playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Kings, and it appears he won't divulge who it is until just before the series starts
LA Kings Insider Apr 14, 2014

March 14 media availability: Darryl Sutter

On facing San Jose for the third time in four seasons: This group’s only played them once, for the most part, which would’ve been last year. On whether this is the Kings’ biggest rivalry: It’s playoffs, so it’s a rivalry. On whether starting on the road affects the team’s play: Well, obviously we hope it doesn’t. It’s a tough building. That’s a big part of their identity is their home ice, their crowd and their building, so obviously it’s a big challenge. On what makes San Jose dangerous offensively: They’re deep. It’s not just those three guys. I mean, they [...]
LA Kings Insider Apr 14, 2014

Kings-Sharks: Individual postseason stats

All-time career playoff and overtime stats: Previously in the Kings-Sharks playoff preview series: The home ice factor The center battles
Los Angeles Times Apr 14, 2014

A pair of legends celebrate together in Ducks' 3-2 win

In the Ducks' final regular-season game, the team pays tribute to star Teemu Selanne and Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who backstopped the Ducks to their Stanley Cup win. Nick Bonino scores in overtime for Anaheim.In a regular season when so much has gone right for the Ducks, Teemu Selanne closed it perfectly Sunday by tugging a fellow Anaheim legend onto the ice for a final skate and embrace in front of an adoring sellout crowd.
Los Angeles Times Apr 13, 2014

First look: Ducks vs. Stars is no formality

Although top-seeded Anaheim has been consistently strong all season, eighth-seeded Dallas has won two of the three games this season.A top seed vs. a No. 8 seed usually is a formality — there was a notable exception involving the Kings two years ago — but Dallas has won two of three games against the Ducks this season. The Oct. 20 opener was the Ducks' lone victory, as they overcame a 3-1 deficit with two Corey Perry goals and a shutout relief appearance by rookie goalie Frederik Andersen in his NHL debut, winning 6-3, after forward Ryan Garbutt launched himself at former Ducks forward...
Los Angeles Times Apr 13, 2014

Kings' Jonathan Quick wins NHL's Jennings Trophy

Quick wins an award as a goaltender for the team surrendering the fewest goals, becoming the first King to take the William M. Jennings Trophy.There is one small downside to winning the William M. Jennings Trophy, according to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
Los Angeles Times Apr 13, 2014

Kings-San Jose series has controversy built in

A knee-on-knee collision of Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl and L.A. captain Dustin Brown in December is still on some fans' minds. It's definitely in Hertl's thoughts; he recently returned after surgery.Controversy usually unfolds AFTER a playoff series starts. But it's already there, riding shotgun with the Kings and Sharks, who will be meeting for the third time in the postseason in the last four years. This all has to do with the knee-on-knee collision between Kings captain Dustin Brown and the Sharks' dynamic rookie Tomas Hertl on Dec. 19. Hertl, who required knee surgery, returned to action...
LA Kings Insider Apr 13, 2014

First round playoff schedule set

The Los Angeles Kings, the Pacific Division’s third seed, will open their 2014 Stanley Cup campaign with playoff games at the SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks, the Pacific Division’s second seed, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, and at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. The series will shift back to Staples Center in Los Angeles for Game 3, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. If necessary, Game 5 would take place on Saturday, April 26 at the SAP Center, Game 6 would take place on Monday, April [...]
San Jose Mercury News Apr 13, 2014

Stanley Cup playoffs: Sharks-Kings schedule

San Jose Sharks have home-ice advantage in their first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Mercury News Apr 13, 2014

Sharks, Kings open Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday at SAP

San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings rivalry has become one of the NHL's most heated in the past few years
LA Kings Insider Apr 13, 2014

Monarchs claim East’s top seed; Campbell joins them

The Manchester Monarchs clinched home ice advantage throughout the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference with a 3-2 road win over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday night, the Monarchs claimed their third Atlantic Division title in the team’s 13-year history with 4-0 win over the Portland Pirates. Though only one game remains on Manchester’s schedule – next Friday at Providence – the rest of the league will play anywhere between two and four games in the upcoming week. For that game, and for the rest of the Calder Cup Playoffs barring any unforeseen...
LA Kings Insider Apr 13, 2014

Quick, Kings claim Jennings Trophy

Courtesy of Mark Zidlicky’s goal at 7:12 of the first period in today’s Boston-New Jersey regular season finale, the Los Angeles Kings have secured the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to any goaltender who plays a minimum of 25 games on the team that allows the fewest goals in the National Hockey League. Jonathan Quick will be presented the trophy. While the team is more concerned with other trophies that can be earned through postseason play, it will certainly take pride in winning the Jennings Trophy, an award that is reflective of team values and execution. “I think it’s one...
LA Kings Insider Apr 13, 2014

Waking up with the Kings: April 13

Several abbreviated notes from Los Angeles’ 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim: It is spring once again, and after a fall and winter journey through each of the 30 National Hockey League arenas, the Los Angeles Kings have returned to the surroundings that for much of 44 years appeared to be a gift or a reward, but over the past two have certainly evolved into an expectation. 82 games have been inscribed in The Book. The Kings won 46 of those games. During this Sunday recovery day, reflect on the circumstances that led to the 46 wins. When the team returns [...]

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