National Hockey League
Preview
San Jose at Los Angeles
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Kings attempt to stave off elimination when they host Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. After being blitzed in each of the first two games, Los Angeles finally managed to tighten up defensively Tuesday but was unable to preserve a pair of one-goal leads. San Jose tallied at 9:17 of both the second and third periods to erase the deficits before Patrick Marleau scored 6:20 into overtime.

Marleau's goal put the Sharks in position to sweep through the first round for the second time in as many years. The club made quick work of Vancouver in 2013 before falling to the Kings in seven games in their second-round matchup. Los Angeles will call upon the experience of center Mike Richards, who was a member of the 2010 Philadelphia team that overcame an 0-3 series deficit to defeat Boston.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS, CSN California (San Jose), FSN West (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Jason Demers and Scott Hannan each recorded an assist in Game 3, leaving fellow defenseman - and former King - Brad Stuart as the only skater on the team without a point in the series. The fourth line of Raffi Torres, Mike Brown and Andrew Desjardins was kept off the scoresheet Tuesday after collecting three goals and three assists over the first two contests. San Jose ramped up its offense in the third period, outshooting Los Angeles 23-8 in the session after registering 16 shots over the first 40 minutes.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Los Angeles finally received production from its forwards on Tuesday as Jarret Stoll, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter scored goals. Trevor Lewis was the only Kings forward to tally over the first two games of the series, scoring in each contest while defensemen Jake Muzzin (two) and Slava Voynov accounted for the club's other goals. Carter and Anze Kopitar (three assists) have notched a point in each game of the series.

OVERTIME

1. Marleau has scored 15 game-winning goals in his postseason career, one behind New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr for most among active players.

2. San Jose's triumph in Game 3 ended its eight-game slide at Los Angeles and made it the first road team to post a victory in the last 10 playoff games between the Pacific Division rivals.

3. The Kings have not trailed 3-0 in a series since the first round in 2000, when they were swept by Detroit.

PREDICTION: Kings 3, Sharks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
San Jose 54-22-2-7 W5 31-7-1-4 23-15-1-3 5-4-0-0 49-18-2-7 21-7-1-2
Los Angeles 46-30-3-6 L4 23-14-3-2 23-16-0-4 5-2-0-0 41-28-3-6 ---
Last Meeting
San Jose Los Angeles
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/22/14 SJ 4 (OT) LA 3 40 28 1-4 31 36 2-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
San Jose P. Marleau 2
Los Angeles D. Doughty 2
Goals Player  
San Jose B. Burns 1
Los Angeles J. Carter 1
Assists Player  
San Jose D. Boyle 1
Los Angeles D. Doughty 2
Saves Player  
San Jose A. Niemi 28
Los Angeles J. Quick 36
Season
Total Points Player  
San Jose J. Pavelski 91
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 76
Goals Player  
San Jose J. Pavelski 44
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 31
Assists Player  
San Jose J. Thornton 69
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 45
Saves Player  
San Jose A. Niemi 1705
Los Angeles J. Quick 1236
Quickchart Matchup
San Jose Off vs  Los Angeles Def
3.01 GF
2.18 GA
34.9 Shots
26.6 Shots
53 PP
53 PK
Los Angeles Off vs  San Jose Def
2.42 GF
2.36 GA
31.6 Shots
27.9 Shots
45 PP
35 PK