Programming note: Kings-Sharks coverage starts tonight at 7pm with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California.
The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, two games to none.
Game 1 – Sharks 4, Kings 3
Game 2 – Sharks 2, Kings 1
Game 3 – April 18, Kings @ Sharks, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – April 20, Kings @ Sharks, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5* – April 22, Sharks @ Kings, TBD
Game 6* – April 24, Kings @ Sharks, TBD
Game 7* – April 26, Sharks @ Kings, TBD
* - if necessary
Joe Pavelski opened the scoring, Logan Couture converted on the power play, and the Sharks held on for a 2-1 win in Game 2 at Staples Center on Saturday. Martin Jones stopped 26 shots to win his second career playoff start. The Kings’ only goal came on the power play from Vincent Lecavalier in the third period.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Joe Pavelski. The Sharks’ captain has scored three of the team’s six goals, and leads all players in the series with four points. The NHL leader in game-winning goals in the regular season, Pavelski scored the deciding marker in Game 1, and opened the scoring with a power play goal early in Game 2.
Kings: Marian Gaborik. The 34-year-old forward made his series debut in Game 2, recording four shots on goal, tied for the team high. Afterwards, Kings coach Darryl Sutter called Gaborik the club’s “best winger” of the evening after he skated on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Milan Lucic.
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Patrick Marleau – Melker Karlsson
Nick Spaling – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Martin Jones (confirmed starter)
Milan Lucic – Anze Kopitar – Marian Gaborik
Tanner Pearson – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King – Vincent Lecavalier – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Trevor Lewis - Kris Versteeg
Brayden McNabb – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Luke Schenn
Rob Scuderi – Jamie McBain
Goals per game: 3.00
Goals-against per game: 2.00
Power play: 22.2 percent
Penalty kill: 75.0 percent
Goals per game: 2.00
Goals-against per game: 3.00
Power play: 25.0 percent
Penalty kill: 77.8 percent
Sharks: Matt Tennyson (concussion) is on a conditioning assignment with the AHL Barracuda.
Kings: Alec Martinez (undisclosed), Jordan Nolan (herniated disc) and Matt Greene (shoulder) are out.
Sharks playoff record when…
The Sharks are 20-11 all-time in Game 3 of a playoff series, and 11-5 at home. They have won six of their last seven Game 3’s, four of which have come in overtime.
When leading a series three games to none, the Sharks are 4-1 all-time in a series. When leading 2-1 in games, they are 7-4.
The Sharks are 12-10 all-time against the Kings in the playoffs.
Odds and ends
*Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-seven have an all-time series record of 65-18 (78.3 percent).
*Brent Burns, Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter lead all players in the series with eight shots apiece.
*The Sharks have outshot the Kings 36-28 in the first two periods, but are getting outshot 23-10 in the third.
“From listening to what they said in the media, they say they’re a little frustrated not being able to play their game. But we just have to keep playing ours.” – Marc-Edouard Vlasic