Robitaille ended a 14-game drought with two goals in the Kings’ 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday to move within one score of Dionne’s team record of 550 goals.
His 660 career goals are already the most ever by any NHL left wing.
“I’ve been getting more and more ice time and more chances,” said Robitaille, in his third stint with Los Angeles. “Therefore, sooner or later, a puck is going to go in.”
He scored 392 goals while with the Kings from 1986-94 before moving on to play with Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers. He came back to Los Angeles to score 128 goals from 1997-01 and then went on to play two seasons in Detroit.
Robitaille has 29 goals in 109 games since his return to the Kings in 2003.
“The record is going to be great for Luc to get,” Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. “But the most important thing for Luc is that he wants these goals he’s getting to help us win games.”
The Kings have won three straight and nine of their last 11 games, but have lost six in a row at San Jose since a 3-2 victory on March 18, 2002.
Saturday’s game will be the Kings’ fifth of six straight against Pacific Division teams. Los Angeles is 3-0-1 during the stretch so far, and is 10-3-1 against division foes this season.
San Jose has won two in a row following a four-game losing streak.
Cheechoo has seven goals and two assists in the past four games.
“Cheeh has the hot hand right now,” Thornton said. “I haven’t seen anybody like that, to be honest with you.”
Cheechoo has three goals and an assist in two games against Los Angeles this season.
“He’s being set up incredibly by Joe and Ek (Nils Ekman),” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. “But I can’t say I’ve ever seen a guy playing with as much confidence as him.”