San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings: Game-by-Game Predictions

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San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings: Game-by-Game Predictions
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The game might have been different if Martin Havlat was dressed instead of Bracken Kearns

The San Jose Sharks opened their Western Conference semifinal series against the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. They now face a 1-0 deficit after Game 1 was stolen from them.

L.A. will not win many games being outshot 35-20, but San Jose must be better near the net to score on Jonathan Quick.

However. we cannot read too much into one game in what promises to be a long series. Both teams will make adjustments, and both will have their peaks and valleys.

It is one thing to look at how the units match up to predict who will win a series. It is far more difficult to peer into each individual game and try to predict which team will be up and which will be down, how far apart they might be and especially which player stands out.

For instance, many could have seen the less-rusty Kings winning the first contest of the series at home, where they are an NHL-best 23-4-1 after Game 1. But how many would have predicted a shutout or that the only two goals scored by either team would come off Slava Voynov shots?

Here is how the remainder of the series will play out.

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