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Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks Pick & Prediction APR 10TH 2021

FinishedTV: BSN | NBCSCASAP Center at San Jose San Jose

65Los Angeles Kings
66San Jose Sharks

5.5o -115
-1.5 +175
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1 3 0
1 0 1

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Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks Recap APR 10TH 2021

Jeff Carter scored 91 seconds into overtime to cap a three-point game as the Los Angeles Kings erased a two-goal, third-period deficit to claim a 3-2 road victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Goaltender Jack Campbell made 22 saves for the Kings, who snapped a three-game losing skid despite being without veteran forward Dustin Brown (illness). They can thank Carter and Martin Frk for the positive result.

With the Kings trailing 2-0 after two periods, Frk, in his first NHL game of the season, pulled the Kings back into it with a pair of third-period goals.

Frk, who led the Kings' AHL affiliate in scoring when he was promoted Thursday, put the Kings on the board 90 seconds into the frame. He raced to the front of the net and buried a perfect feed from Nikolai Prokhorkin to make it a one-goal game.

Frk tied the clash with 84 seconds left in regulation when he converted on a similar play set up by Carter. Prokhorkin collected a pair of assists.

Carter netted the winner when he was on the spot for a loose puck in the slot.

The Sharks have lost four straight games (0-3-1) and have just one victory in 11 outings (1-8-2) in a free fall that's sent them to the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

Despite the Sharks being outplayed through much of the first half of the game, Erik Karlsson put San Jose on the board first at the 6:16 mark of the second period. Joe Thornton won a faceoff in the offensive zone, and Karlsson had a seeing-eye shot find the mark for his first goal in 14 games.

Thornton's assist was the 1,078th of his career, leaving him one shy of Adam Oates for seventh spot on the NHL's all-time list.

Thornton's first goal of the season doubled the San Jose lead. Thornton converted a perfectly executed three-way passing play that also included Patrick Marleau and Radim Simek to snap a 47-game goal scoring drought at 11:39 of the second period.

Aaron Dell made 35 saves for the Sharks, who have been outscored 53-27 in third periods this season.

--Field Level Media

It's a quick turnaround for the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings as the teams prepare for a rematch Saturday night in San Jose.

Saturday marks the final regular-season matchup between the teams. San Jose leads the series 6-1-0 following a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night, their fifth win in six games.

While Friday's effort wasn't their cleanest, Sharks captain Logan Couture acknowledged his team's push to dig out a win.

"Tonight, we were OK," he told the media after the game. "We gave up some Grade-A chances but found a way to win."

The Sharks' recent success is due in large part to starting goaltender Martin Jones, who improved to 15-8-2 for the season after Friday's 32-save performance. Jones has tallied a win in seven of his past 10 starts, five of which have been against the Kings.

Sharks coach Bob Boughner didn't reveal whether he would start Jones again on the tail end of the back-to-back but was complimentary of his play in Friday's matchup.

"Jones was our best player tonight, and he made big saves at the right time," Boughner said. "We haven't discussed (starting him again on Saturday.) We have to be careful. It's about how the team is playing in front."

There's no doubt the Kings would go after Jones with even more gusto in Saturday's game after the strong effort he registered against them on Friday. The defeat marked Los Angeles' fourth loss in five games, three of which have been against San Jose.

The Kings took an early lead Friday, going up 1-0 just 2:27 into the game on an Alex Iafallo goal, but the game quickly got away from them as the Sharks responded with three first-period goals.

"Obviously, getting the first goal was a positive," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "But then we hit the snooze button for a little bit. So the next thing you know we're down 3-1, so that's certainly not the recipe for success."

With that kind of performance, Kings coach Todd McLellan understandably was irked after the game despite his team's dominating play for stretches at a time.

"I thought coming in here I was going to get a lot of questions about the breakaways, the power play, all the chances we didn't capitalize on," he said. "It's the garbage we're giving up defensively -- long chances again. Every time we play this team, it's a long chance. Poor pinch, a poor cover, and it's in our net. We chase the game night after night."

But even with his team at 3-7-0 over the past 10 games, McLellan isn't giving up on his team's season.

"'Next season' and 'the end of the road' -- we're not using those words," he said. "We're playing again tomorrow against this team."

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Vegas L 6 - 2
  • Vegas L 4 - 2
  • @San Jose W 4 - 2
  • @San Jose L 2 - 5
  • Arizona W 3 - 4
  • Arizona L 5 - 2
  • San Jose L 3 - 2
  • San Jose L 3 - 0
  • @Vegas W 4 - 2
  • @Vegas L 1 - 4
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Anaheim L 4 - 1
  • Anaheim L 4 - 0
  • Los Angeles L 4 - 2
  • Los Angeles W 2 - 5
  • Anaheim L 5 - 1
  • @Los Angeles W 3 - 2
  • @Los Angeles W 3 - 0
  • Minnesota W 2 - 4
  • Minnesota W 3 - 4
  • @Arizona L 0 - 4

Next Games

  • @Colorado(03-14-21) L 1 - 4
  • @Colorado(03-14-21) L 1 - 4
  • Anaheim(02-02-21) L 3 - 1
  • Minnesota(02-16-21) W 0 - 4
  • Arizona(04-07-21) W 3 - 4
  • @Minnesota(01-24-21) W 5 - 3
  • @Minnesota(01-24-21) W 5 - 3
  • @Vegas(03-17-21) L 4 - 5
  • @Vegas(03-17-21) L 4 - 5
  • Vegas(03-06-21) L 4 - 0

Last Meetings

  • Kings @ Sharks 4-2
  • Kings @ Sharks 2-5
  • Sharks @ Kings 3-2
  • Sharks @ Kings 3-0
  • Kings @ Sharks 2-4
  • Kings @ Sharks 1-2
  • Sharks @ Kings 2-6
  • Sharks @ Kings 4-3
  • Kings @ Sharks 3-2
  • Kings @ Sharks 1-4

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs2811460 14-0-614-0-5143112L27-0-1
Tampa Bay Lightning2812157 15-0-413-0-8143108L14-0-6
Florida Panthers2712256 14-0-413-0-8136117L37-0-3
Boston Bruins2212448 11-0-611-0-6112106L25-0-4
Montreal Canadiens1813642 9-0-99-0-4123114L15-0-5
Detroit Red Wings1523535 9-0-96-0-1499140L25-0-3
Ottawa Senators1426331 9-0-105-0-16118164L13-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1025424 4-0-136-0-12100147L14-0-3

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets2614153 11-0-615-0-8139115L16-0-3
Minnesota Wild2513252 15-0-410-0-9124111L25-0-3
Nashville Predators2419149 13-0-911-0-10119123L18-0-2
Chicago Blackhawks2018343 11-0-89-0-10122135L15-0-5
St. Louis Blues1917442 7-0-1012-0-7122132L13-0-6
Dallas Stars1514636 8-0-67-0-8113107L24-0-3

Eastern Conference

Washington Capitals2811258 14-0-514-0-6152127L26-0-4
Carolina Hurricanes2710256 14-0-313-0-7133102L26-0-3
New York Islanders2711357 18-0-29-0-912598L17-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2713256 16-0-311-0-10146118L28-0-2
New York Rangers2016444 9-0-711-0-9136112L15-0-3
Philadelphia Flyers1917240 9-0-910-0-8123154L24-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1520636 8-0-87-0-12112145L32-0-7
New Jersey Devils1421230 4-0-1610-0-5103135L32-0-6

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights2911058 16-0-413-0-713896L16-0-3
Edmonton Oilers2515252 13-0-812-0-7134120L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes1920341 10-0-89-0-12118139L54-0-6
Calgary Flames1921240 10-0-99-0-12115127L44-0-6
San Jose Sharks1820238 8-0-1010-0-10114141L35-0-5
Vancouver Canucks1618234 9-0-97-0-9100120L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1423533 5-0-149-0-9101138L25-0-4

Last Injuries

San Jose Sharks

  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Vlasic is dealing with an upper-body injury, and a timeline for his recovery has yet to be established.

  • Logan Couture

    Lower Body
    Prob Fri | probable

    Couture suffered a lower-body injury during the previous game, but it is likely that he will be available for Friday's tilt with the Kings.

  • Marcus Sorensen

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Sorensen sat out of the previous contest due to an undisclosed injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be available for Friday versus the Kings.

  • Dylan Gambrell

    Lower Body
    Prob Fri | probable

    Gambrell is tending to a lower-body injury, but it is likely that he will be active versus the Kings on Friday.

Los Angeles Kings

  • Tobias Bjornfot

    Out indefinitely | out

    Bjornfot is sidelined with an undisclosed injury, and there is no timetable for his recovery.

  • Olli Maatta

    Upper Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    Maatta has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from an upper-body injury, and he is expected to return to the lineup Saturday versus the Sharks.

  • Matt Roy

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Roy has been assigned to the COVID-19 Protocol list, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.