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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


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.


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