Kings vs. Sharks: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup

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Kings vs. Sharks: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup
Jeff Chiu

For the second straight year, the battle of California will rage between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Sharks and Kings have met in the postseason just twice in the history of their franchises, but both times happened in the last three seasons.

In 2011, the Sharks defeated the Kings in six games in the Western Conference Quarterfinal before falling to Vancouver two rounds later. Last year, Los Angeles narrowly prevailed in an intense seven-game Western Conference Semifinal, then the Kings lost in the next round to the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks.

With bad blood still boiling from 2013, both teams will be bringing plenty of jam. There won't be a lot of goals, but there will be plenty of drama.

Here's what to expect when the Sharks take on the Kings in Round 1.

 

All stats courtesy of NHL.com, current through games Friday, April 11.

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