LOS ANGELES (TICKER) —A pair of struggling Pacific Division teams open a home-and-home series Monday night when the Los Angeles Kings host the San Jose Sharks. Los Angeles owns only 46 points, one more than last-place San Jose. The teams will head north for Tuesday’s meeting in San Jose.
This is the third time this season that the Kings and Sharks have met. Jason Allison scored a power-play goal with 70 seconds left in overtime to lift Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory on January 13. Alexander Frolov added a goal and an assist for the Kings in that game.
Lynn Loyns and Mike Rathje each scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27 shots as San Jose cruised to a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles on November 5. Jaroslav Modry and Derek Armstrong scored the goals for the Kings.
Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday as Ziggy Palffy scored in overtime to beat New Jersey, 2-1. Palffy also set up the Kings’ other goal, picking up an assist on a second-period, power-play goal by Armstrong.
The Kings are mired in a 3-11-0-1 slide and have not won a game in regulation since January 6.
San Jose ended a five-game winless streak with Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Minnesota. Nabokov was sharp, making 32 saves, while Owen Nolan added a goal and an assist in the second period.