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 one
Game 1 – Sharks 4, Kings 3
Game 2 – Sharks 2, Kings 1
Game 3 – Kings 2, Sharks 1 (OT)
Game 4 – Wednesday, Kings @ Sharks, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday, Sharks @ Kings, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6* – Sunday, Kings @ Sharks, TBD
Game 7* – April 26, Sharks @ Kings, TBD
* - if necessary
Joe Thornton scored 30 seconds into the game, but that was the only offense the Sharks would muster in a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3. Tanner Pearson scored in overtime, while Anze Kopitar tied it in the first period with a power play goal. San Jose outshot the Kings for the game, 30-24, but Los Angeles also blocked 27 Sharks shot attempts.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks’ second line center and top unit power play forward has had numerous opportunities to score more than he has so far, with just one goal on a five-on-three advantage. Couture was also ahead of the play on the game-winning goal on Monday. He and his linemates simply need to start contributing to help supplement the Sharks’ top line.
Kings: Dustin Brown. The Kings’ captain has a series-leading 20 hits through three games, including eight in Game 3. He leveled Tomas Hertl late and high in regulation sparking a scrum, and plowed into Joonas Donskoi in overtime helping to generate Tanner Pearson’s game-winning goal.
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
Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Marian Gaborik
Milan Lucic – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson – Vincent Lecavalier – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Nick Shore – Trevor Lewis
Brayden McNabb – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Luke Schenn
Rob Scuderi – Jamie McBain
Goals per game: 2.33
Goals-against per game: 2.00
Power play: 14.3 percent
Penalty kill: 72.7 percent
Goals per game: 2.00
Goals-against per game: 2.33
Power play: 27.3 percent
Penalty kill: 85.7 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 16-15 all-time in Game 4 of a playoff series, and 8-8 at home.
When leading a series two-games-to-one, the Sharks are 7-4 all-time. When leading a series three-games-to-one, they are 9-1 all-time. When a series is tied two games apiece, they are 4-9 all-time.
The Sharks are 12-11 all-time against the Kings in the playoffs.
Odds and ends
*Brent Burns leads the Sharks in ice time (24:38 per game) and shots (13).
*The Sharks are 5-1 all-time in overtime against the Kings in the playoffs.
*Joe Pavelski leads all scorers in the series with four points (3g, 1a).
“His approach and preparation is always the same. But you can tell pretty early on in a game with his swagger, his attitude. Not to say he doesn’t have that all the time – he has the ability to elevate, and it always tends to be when we need it most.” – Dustin Brown, on Jonathan Quick