Having reversed roles, Sharks and Kings square off

Los Angeles (25-22-9) at San Jose (38-8-9) 10:30 p.m. EST

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) — February has been Bizarro Month
for the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. On Thursday
night, they get a chance to face each other and see if that
trend will continue.

The Sharks have been the top team in the Western Conference for
most of the season, but have registered just two victories this
month. Granted, they haven’t been held without a point, either
– four of their five losses came after an extra session.

The Kings, however, have been bottom-feeders for the majority of
this campaign, only to catch a hot streak over the last few
weeks. In their case, it started in late January, as they won
three of their last four and came charging into February with
new life. They opened the new month with four straight

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While they went 0-1-2 during a brief stretch recently, they
rebounded on Wednesday night with a 4-3 triumph over another
Pacific Division rival, the Anaheim Ducks. Captain Dustin Brown
and Anze Kopitar scored a power-play goal nearly six minutes
apart in the third period to propel the Kings to the victory.

Defenseman Matt Greene notched two assists and Jonathan Quick
finished with 28 saves for the Kings.

However, they haven’t yet been able to break through against
the Sharks this season. They are winless in three meetings,
though two of those losses came by a one-goal margin.

San Jose’s most recent outing came Tuesday night, as Patrick
Marleau scored a pair of third-period goals to life the Sharks
to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.