Series (Game 2 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Monday, November 15th
Game 2: Monday, December 27th
Game 3: Saturday, January 1st
Game 4: Wednesday, January 26th
Game 5: Thursday, March 24th
Game 6: Monday, April 4th

Kings 4

(22-12-1, 45 pts)

Sharks 0

(19-12-5, 43 pts)

10:30 PM ET, December 27, 2010

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
LA 0 0 44
SJ 0 0 00

J. Quick (Kings - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: 1.000

D. Brown (Kings - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

A. Kopitar (Kings - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Kings-Sharks Preview


Success on the power play is one reason the San Jose Sharks are enjoying their best stretch of the season. With onetime Shark Marco Sturm now settling in with his new club, the Los Angeles Kings could be in a stronger position to continue their own strong run.

The Sharks and Kings look to extend their respective winning streaks Monday when they meet for the first of two games in a five-day span.

Reigning Western Conference champion San Jose (19-11-5) finally appears to be hitting its stride, winning four in a row for the first time since March. The Sharks haven't win five straight since Jan. 16-23.

The power play is a big reason for the current hot streak. The Sharks are 6 for 14 with the man advantage during their winning streak, and have at least one power-play goal in five straight games. The unit came up big Thursday, matching a season high with three power-play goals en route to a 4-1 win over Phoenix.

"We've been playing really well. We've been playing really good hockey," said captain Joe Thornton, who had one goal and two assists against the Coyotes. "We're finding our stride."

San Jose is a phenomenal 12 for 27 on the power play against the Kings (21-12-1) in seven meetings since the start of last season. The Sharks scored twice on the man advantage in a 6-3 home win over Los Angeles on Nov. 15.

The Kings, 8-2-1 in their last 11, are looking to extend their own winning streak to four.

The start of the run was also Sturm's debut after being acquired from Boston for future considerations earlier this month.

The left wing recorded his first point for Los Angeles on Sunday, notching an assist in a 4-1 home win over Anaheim on Sunday.

Getting familiar with his new environment isn't the only challenge for Sturm, who didn't appear in a game for the Bruins this season due to recovery from torn ligaments in his right knee.

"Marco's a really smart player," right wing Dustin Brown said of his new linemate, who scored at least 20 goals in seven of his last eight seasons for the Sharks and Bruins. "He's scored 20-30 goals in this league for a number of years, and now we have that other winger that can find the back of the net pretty consistently.

"It will take a few games, and it's a matter of him getting up to game speed. ... It's tough for a player to get acclimated so quickly after a trade and coming back from an injury."

Sturm, who has three assists in three meetings with San Jose since the Sharks traded him to Boston during the 2005-06 season, is playing with Brown and center Anze Kopitar on Los Angeles' top line.

Brown, who scored and combined with Sturm to set up Kopitar's goal Sunday, has 17 points in 11 December games. That ties him with Vancouver's Henrik Sedin for second in the league, three behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.

Brown had an assist against the Sharks last month, but has just one goal in the last 19 matchups between the Pacific Division rivals.

The Kings and Sharks meet again Saturday in Los Angeles.