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LA Kings Vs Sharks the Match Up
It may not be the matchup that residents of Southern California wanted, but round two of the NHL Western Conference Playoffs will still include a battle between two California teams as the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings take on the San Jose Sharks starting Tuesday night at STAPLES Center. Most Southern California hockey fans expected a series between the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, but the Ducks were upset at home this past weekend by the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings had to Chicago to take on their traditional rival the Blackhawks while the Kings and Sharks square off. Amazingly the defending champion Kings are starting off a playoff series with home ice advantage for the first time in twenty-one years. Over the past two seasons the Kings have won their five straight playoff series by starting out on the road. This past season they swept all their early road games. This season the Kings roared back after losing their first two games in St. Louis. After a tough series versus a big and physical Blues team the Kings will be happy to welcome the Sharks and their more wide open play.
The Kings secured the fifth seed and home ice versus San Jose via a victory at STAPLES over the Sharks in the last game of the season. Including that game the Kings have won ten consecutive games at STAPLES Center. They'll look to jump out early on the Sharks and take momentum back to San Jose. The veteran Sharks will be looking for their third Western Conference finals appearance in four years. After a disappointing season last year the Sharks had a solid regular season and then dusted the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in the opening round. Many hockey pundits picked the Sharks to have another subpar season but the vets Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton had fantastic lockout-shortened regular seasons.
The Kings and Sharks had their first Stanley Cup playoffs meeting two years ago with the Sharks knocking off the Kings in six games to reach the conference finals. That was under the Terry Murray regime and the Kings have a vastly more experienced and deeper roster. The Kings are now coached by a very familiar face if you're a Sharks fan. Prior to taking over the Kings job and leading them to a title Sutter was a long-time Sharks boss and coached a handful of the current Sharks players. With the presence of Sutter on the Kings bench the two teams know each other very well. Like versus St. Louis the Kings success will likely hinge on defending Conn Smythe trophy winner Jonathan Quick who shook off a poor start versus St. Louis and finished strong. He'll face Sharks netminder Antti Niemi who's had a strong season this year. Niemi won 24 games on the season and is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.
Look for the Kings to start out strong on Wednesday and jump out to a series lead. If Los Angeles can defend their home ice they have a very good chance to go to San Jose and steal a game. The Kings overall depth up front and versatility on defense, not to mention the presence of Jonathan Quick, should give the Kings the edge. Look for the Kings to win in 5.
By: Chris Michaels