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7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 PM MST9:30 PM EST6:30 UAE (+1)22:30 ETNaN:� BRT, October 7, 2017
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California  Attendance: 17,562

Sharks look to rebound from opening loss, host Kings

Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks

  1. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Sharks are 10-3-2 versus the Kings (including playoffs). However, all but one of Los Angeles' wins versus the Sharks over that span came when playing in San Jose; the Kings are 4-3-0 at San Jose since 2015-16 (including playoffs), outscoring the Sharks 16-15 over the seven games.
  2. The Kings shut out the Flyers 2-0 at home on Thursday, Los Angeles' fourth ever season-opening shutout win and its first since 1999-00. Prior to this season, the Kings had not won its season opener since 2013-14, when they opened the season with a win at Minnesota.
  3. The Sharks dropped their season opener, 5-3, at home versus the Flyers on Wednesday, their first season opening loss since losing at Colorado to start the 2009-10 season. San Jose allowed three power play goals in the loss, the most the Sharks have allowed in a game since the start of last season.
  4. Thursday's shutout was the 45th of Jonathan Quick's career, the most by any NHL goaltender since the start of the 2008-09 season and the most in Kings franchise history (Quick recorded his first career shutout in 2008-09).
  5. Logan Couture has totaled 10 points over his last six games versus the Kings (including playoffs), recording multiple points in three of them (and three points in two of them). Couture lit the lamp four times versus Los Angeles last season, tied for the most by a Shark versus any team (Patrick Marleau had four goals versus Colorado).
  6. Kevin Labanc lit the lamp twice in the season opener, his second career multi-goal game (also December 23 last season versus Edmonton). Each of Labanc's goals were scored in the first period (he had two first-period goals all of last season).

With one game in the books, the San Jose Sharks may have found a new offensive weapon but know there still seems to be plenty of work that needs to be done.

Looking to even its record, San Jose continues a five-game homestand on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings in the first of four meetings between the Pacific Division rivals this season.

San Jose lifted the lid Wednesday night with a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. Kevin Labanc registered the second two-goal game of his career and Logan Couture also scored.

"It was a good feeling," said Labanc, who scored both of his goals late in the first period, but was also whistled for three penalties during the game that resulted in three Flyers' goals. "... The crowd over here is unbelievable. It's a lot of fun playing in this building."

Couture was San Jose's top scorer with four goals and two assists in four games when squaring off against the Kings last season. He also needs three assists for 200 in his NHL career.

Meanwhile, Labanc collected two of his eight goals as a rookie versus Los Angeles, and he expects to produce more while playing on a line with veterans Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton.

"Two great players," the 21-year-old Labanc said, "so you hang on a line with them and you just kind of put your head down and just work, get them the puck and find an opening and they'll find a way to get it back to you."

Martin Jones stopped 26 of 30 shots in the opener, but knows he must tighten things up.

"Obviously we wanted to get off to a better start," he said. "Putting yourself down two is always tough. I felt good; I just made a couple of mistakes early."

Jones is 6-2-2 with a 2.19 goals-against average in 10 games against the team with which he played in 2013 and 2015. The 27-year-old has surrendered five goals in his last three home games when facing Los Angeles.

The Sharks were 3-1-1 against Los Angeles last season, including a 1-0-1 mark at SAP Center.

The Kings opened this campaign with a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on Thursday. Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for his 45th career shutout, handing new coach John Stevens his first win since taking over on a full-time basis for Darryl Sutter.

"He's tremendous," Stevens told the team's official web site about Quick. "He obviously makes the key saves at key times, but I think he manages the team well."

Now in his 11th NHL season, Quick is trying to bounce back from a 2016-17 campaign in which he was limited to 17 games in large part due to a lower-body injury. The 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner appeared to suffer the injury late in the first period in a season-opening loss to San Jose on Oct. 12, 2016.

Trevor Lewis, who scored the Kings' first goal in the opener, told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that he's glad to see Quick healthy again.

"He's unbelievable," Lewis said. "He made a couple of highlight-reel saves there again. He does it every night. We see it every day in practice. It's almost like you kind of get used it. It's nice to have him back."

Quick is 14-9-5 with a 2.61 goals-against average in 30 career starts against the Sharks, but 4-4-4 with a 2.33 GAA in San Jose.

Tanner Pearson, who set career highs in goals (24) and points (44) last season, was the Kings' top scorer against the Sharks with three goals and an assist in four games. The left wing registered the game winner in a 2-1 overtime victory at SAP Center on Jan. 3.

Updated October 6, 2017

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