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Where Series Stands: The home team has won the first three games of the series. The Kings lead 2-1.
Los Angeles Strengths: The Kings know that Jonathan Quick is going to keep them in any game. They were badly out-skated in Game 3, yet, they went to overtime because Quick refused to yield anything to the Sharks.
Mike Richards is a tough and determined playmaker who has a team-high eight points, while defenseman Slava Voynov can activate the offense from the blue line and has a big shot.
San Jose Strengths: Antti Niemi does not get the same kind of consideration as Henrik Lundqvist or Jonathan Quick, but he is solid in goal and can be spectacular.
Logan Couture showed his worth when he returned after suffering a painful ankle injury in Game 3 to score the winner in overtime. Defenseman Dan Boyle has a booming shot from the blue line and is one of head coach Todd McLellan's most dependable players.
Los Angeles X-factor: The Kings were crying foul after officials' calls left them down two men in overtime. While they survived the two-man disadvantage, the Sharks scored on the standard power play that followed to get their first win in the series.
Los Angeles needs to put the calls and the loss behind it and get back to business. Anze Kopitar must play like a superstar, not a role player.
San Jose X-factor: The Sharks are the Rodney Dangerfield of the NHL playoffs. They are not looked at as a serious contender because they have tried and failed so many times.
The lack of respect card is often overplayed in sports, but it applies to San Jose. It has a chance to upgrade its reputation by beating the Kings.
Los Angeles road playoff record: 1-3
San Jose home playoff record: 3-0
Prediction: The Sharks bounced back after a disastrous finish in Game 2 in Los Angeles. They took it to the Kings and outplayed them completely, but they needed overtime to win the game.
Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter won't let the Kings put forth that kind of effort again. The Sharks start fast, but the Kings take over in the latter half of the game and bring home a 3-1 win.