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Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks

  1. The Sharks have won four of the last five against the Kings, but the Kings won their most recent matchup on December 22, 3-2, in overtime. San Jose has held LA to just 1.75 goals per game in those five games.
  2. Los Angeles defeated Edmonton on Saturday, 4-0, tied for its largest win of the season. It was only the ninth time this season the Kings have scored at least four goals, tied with the Ducks for fewest in hockey.
  3. The Sharks have scored at least five goals in four straight games, including their 5-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. San Jose is averaging 4.12 goals per game since December 1, second most in the NHL behind Tampa Bay (4.75).
  4. Anze Kopitar lit the lamp against Edmonton and has a point in six of his last seven games. He leads the Kings with 28 points (10g, 18a), the fewest by a team leader in the NHL this season.
  5. Brent Burns tallied three assists against Tampa Bay, his fourth straight game with multiple points. He has 11 points (2g, 9a) in those four games, tied for the most by a defenseman in a four-game span this season (Toronto's Morgan Rielly also had 11 in October).
  6. The Sharks are 13-4-4 (.714) at home this season, tied for the fourth-best home record in the NHL. The Kings are just 7-11-2 (.400) on the road, fourth-worst record in the league. The Kings are the only team in hockey to average fewer than two goals per game on the road this season (1.90).

After ending the longest point streak in the NHL this season, the San Jose Sharks will try to maintain one of the best offensive stretches in team history when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

The Sharks (23-13-7) are coming off a 5-2 win Saturday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, snapping their 16-game point streak. San Jose was without injured defensemen Justin Braun (knee), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (wrist) and Radim Simek (concussion), but still held the league's highest-scoring team to 20 shots on goal.

San Jose has won four of five overall, and scored at least five goals in four straight games for the second time in franchise history.

The Kings (17-23-3) are coming off a 4-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Los Angeles held Edmonton to 16 shots on net, its fewest since allowing 15 shots against the Arizona Coyotes on April 2, 2017.

"Two points and now we move on," said Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. "We've got another game, we go to San Jose, so there's another division game, another team we're chasing. Got to get ready for that game now."

The Sharks and Kings have played twice this season and each won 3-2 in overtime.

San Jose forward Evander Kane scored in the first meeting on Oct. 5, his first game against the Kings since he was traded from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 26. He has been one of the hottest Sharks lately.

Playing on the third line with Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi the past five games, Kane has six points in a four-game point streak, including three goals in the past two games.

"Tommy Hertl and Donskoi have done a good job complementing him," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer told reporters after the win against Tampa Bay. "It's given us three lines of depth and mismatches. When you can have a guy like that playing against a third pair or a third line, we can create some mismatches and we need those."

Although the Sharks are short-handed on the back end, Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson continue to be among the top defensemen in the league.

Burns had three assists against the Lightning to give him 40 on the season, tops among NHL defensemen. Karlsson has at least one assist in the past 12 games.

The Kings will likely pay close attention to Karlsson anyway. Karlsson did not receive a penalty for a violent center-ice hit on Los Angeles rookie forward Austin Wagner in their last meeting on Dec. 22, but he later received a two-game suspension from the league.

Wagner struggled to get off the ice after Karlsson's hit early in the second period and he didn't return for the overtime win. Wagner also missed a 4-3 overtime win at the Vegas Golden Knights the following day.

The two most tenured members of Los Angeles, forward Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, continue to be the only Kings who have reached double figures in goals.

Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, both 30-goal scorers in recent seasons for the Kings, have had subpar offensive seasons, but each scored against Edmonton on Saturday.

Updated January 6, 2019

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