Sharks Face Tough Test Against Kings

Here is San Jose's toughest game yet, a showdown with the rival Los Angeles Kings, who currently sit atop the western conference. The Kings are on a six-game winning streak, off to their best home start in franchise history with a 12-3-0 record. They're undefeated at home this year, but now play five of their next six on the road, fortunately for the Sharks, who have been no slouches when it comes to their play at HP Pavilion.

Jonathan Quick should be in goal for Los Angeles, winning his last game, his seventh straight, with 18 saves. He'll have Anze Kopitar looking to give him breathing room in net. Kopitar had two goals and an assist in his last outing, which saw Dustin Brown and Justin Williams pick up goals as well.

It's not yet known if Antero Niittymaki or Antti Niemi will get the start tonight for the Sharks, but both of them have their advantages. Niemi has never lost to the Kings, winning his three starts against them with a 1.32 goals-against average, but he hasn't been incredibly solid this year. He picked up his first win in a Sharks uniform in his last time out, however. Niittymaki is 1-0-2 with a 1.58 GAA against the Kings, but he's been playing seemingly above his perceived talent level thus far this season.

Quick is 3-1-1 with a 2.95 GAA in his career versus the Sharks, while Williams has just one goal and three assists in ten career games when playing San Jose.

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