The San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at SAP Center for the final time at SAP Center this season.
The Sharks are coming off a 5-2 win over the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2, scoring five goals for the fourth consecutive game. Brent Burns led all skaters in assists to push his point streak to five games. Erik Karlsson recorded an assist in his 12th consecutive appearance, being the 21st defenseman to do so in NHL history. Evander Kane scored his 200th career NHL goal in the game, while Joe Pavelski earned his team-leading 25th goal of the year.
This year against the Kings, the Sharks are 1-0-1. In their last meeting on December 22, the Sharks scored two goals in the third to force overtime, with the game-tying goal scored with 31 seconds left in the game. San Jose has won two straight games and are 4-1-0
in their last five.
Since the start of December, the Sharks have scored 70 goals, second in the league. Entering tonight, Erik Karlsson has assists in four straight (1g, 8a) and in his last 12 appearances, Brent Burns has points in five consecutive games and Joe Pavelski has assists in five straight.