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WATCH LIVE: Kings at Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET)

Both the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks are looking to get back on track heading into the all star break.

The Kings are coming off a 1-2-4 homestand while the Sharks have begun a seven-game home stand 1-1-1.

The Sharks will be without forward Tommy Wingels and defenseman Justin Braun. Both were placed on injured reserve after sustaining left hand injuries during a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Tonight marks the third of five meetings between the two Pacific Division rivals. Each team has won once in L.A. this season. Their next meeting following tonight’s game will be outdoors at Levi’s Stadium in the lone Stadium Series game of the season on Feb. 21.

You can catch the game on NBCSN or watch online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


Here’s some related reading material prior to puck drop:

Kings descent continues as they lose key game vs. Flames

NHL on NBCSN: Sharks face Kings in California clash

It’s Kings-Sharks Rivalry Night in San Jose; it is also Metallica Night

Goalie nods: Red-hot Ortio gets fifth straight start for Flames

Joni Ortio

All the latest from the blue paint…

Joni rides again

Talk about a luxury of wealth in goal.

Tonight in Anaheim, Calgary will give Joni Ortio — the 23-year-old Finn that’s spent the majority of the year in AHL Adirondack — his fifth consecutive start as he looks for his fifth consecutive win.

Ortio, called up after Karri Ramo landed on IR, has been nothing short of brilliant during his brief stint in Calgary, moving ahead of Jonas Hiller on the depth chart by posting a .958 save percentage and 1.23 GAA in victories over Vancouver, Arizona, San Jose and Los Angeles. All four wins came on the road and Ortio started his run with a 36-save shutout against the Canucks… in his season debut.


The Calgary Flames just keep winning and winning, Part 2

Awkward or not, Flames will carry three goalies as Ortio shows ‘swagger’

For the Ducks, Frederik Andersen will get the nod in goal.


Leafs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

‘Hawks at Pens: Marc-Andre Fleury for Pittsburgh, Corey Crawford likely for Chicago.

Jackets at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, no word yet on a Columbus starter.

Bruins at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Kings at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

It’s Kings-Sharks Rivalry Night in San Jose; it is also Metallica Night

Metallica Sharks

Nothing else matters except for what’s happening in the Bay Area tonight.

First, there’s the latest installment of the Sharks-Kings rivalry (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), the third rematch since last year’s unforgettable playoff series faded to black. The Kings, as you may remember, rallied from 0-3 down — or, depending how you look at it, San Jose collapsed from 3-0 up — to turn the page and eventually win the Stanley Cup.

This year, the Sharks went into seek and destroy mode for the season opener, thumping the Kings 4-0 on banner-raising night, but the bell tolled for San Jose in the rematch, as L.A. won 3-1 win on Dec. 27.

Oh yeah, there’s also something else going on this evening: METALLICA NIGHT.


From the band’s website:

“We have been long supporters of the Sharks going back to the mid-90’s when the team moved permanently to San Jose… over the years we’ve made many treks down to the Shark Tank. So it’s actually pretty fitting that we finally connect with the team for a night of metal and hockey and we want you to come along and partake of the festivities with us.

“We’ll be on hand for the first strains of ‘Seek & Destroy,’ kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love.

It’s very likely the ambiance will spice up tonight’s affair and provide more angst than the last time these two met; back in December, the two sides combined for just 12 penalty minutes (none in the opening period).

“We’ve got to be energized coming to the rink tomorrow, ready for a game that’s going to be like a playoff game,” Logan Couture told the Mercury News. “There’s nothing better than playing a rival. It’ll be a great environment in the building. Metallica Night is probably going to add to it.

“So if we can’t get up for that game, we’ve got some major issues.”


NHL on NBCSN: Sharks face Kings in California clash

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with Wednesday’s second game as the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at the SAP Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Beating the Los Angeles Kings handily to open the 2014-15 season obviously didn’t erase all the pain from that infamous “reverse sweep” in the 2014 playoffs, but the San Jose Sharks still got a measure of revenge with that 4-0 win.

The Sharks will get another chance to spite the Kings tonight, as things haven’t been going smoothly for the defending champions lately. The aim is obvious enough for a Kings team that is currently on the outside of the playoff picture, as NHL.com notes.

“We need to be in that playoff spot before the break. No doubt about it,” Drew Doughty said . “We need to win this game. It’s a division game and it’s a big rivalry. We need to win it, and we need to go into the break feeling good about ourselves.”

Really, you can trace the bad times back to a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 6. Including that defeat, the Kings have gone 6-7-7 in their past 20 games. More recently, Los Angeles has dropped three straight games and six of seven, squandering precious points from an expired seven-game homestand.

(While four of those defeats netted standings points, there was also the frustration of leaving points on the table.)

Much of those struggles stem from Jonathan Quick’s prolonged slump.

After starting brilliantly (.942 save percentage in October), Quick’s individual stats have dropped significantly each month; his January save percentage has been a putrid .861.

That’s not to say that the Kings are the only team that sees room for improvement, of course.

You know things aren’t going great for a team when its head coach questions their drive, as Sharks bench boss Todd McLellan did on Tuesday.

After beating Toronto to begin this seven-game homestand, the Sharks have dropped two straight games. They would greatly benefit from exploiting this opportunity to load up on standings points.

As much as these two perennial contending California teams have been struggling lately, there’s still plenty of talent on hand. From Joe Thornton to Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture, the Sharks remain loaded with scoring skill. Los Angeles can go toe-to-toe in that area with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter as well while also boasting elite defenseman Drew Doughty.

Sharks – Kings games are always an entertaining watch, but things get that much more interesting when there’s something on the line. That’s the case tonight, January game or not.

Tough night: Sharks lose Wingels, Braun (upper body) ‘for a while’

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The San Jose Sharks might’ve suffered more than just a loss to New Jersey on Monday evening.

Forward Tommy Wingels and defenseman Justin Braun both left the game with upper-body injuries and will be “out for a while,” per head coach Todd McLellan (via CSN Bay Area).

The losses are significant. Braun sits third on the team in average time on ice per game (20:50) and second among all Sharks defensemen in assists, with 18. Wingels, tied for third in goals (with 11), also brought a key physical element to the team — he leads the club in hits, with 174, a total that puts him third in the NHL behind the Islanders’ dynamic duo of Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck.

The losses couldn’t come at a worse time for San Jose, either. The club hasn’t played well in January, losing five of nine, and two of those losses were embarrassing 7-2 blowouts at the hands of St. Louis. San Jose also won just once in four tries at the SAP Center, and that’s something it’ll need to turn around — beginning Wednesday, the Sharks have a three-game homestand against Western Conference elites in Los Angeles, Anaheim and Chicago.