This series should be as obvious as any to pick a winner. There is one team in the Sharks who is full of perennial all stars and the team as a whole is completely rolling, where as you have another in the Kings who due to injuries is falling apart at the wrong time.
If the Kings could have stayed healthy this time of year they would have been one of my dark horses in to go really far in the playoffs. But the reality is the Kings have lost key pieces in Kopitar and Williams. There have been reports that Williams has been practicing and might be ready sometime in the first round, but he will not be playing at the same level that Kings fans are accustomed to seeing him play at. Even if he does play the Kings cannot win without Kopitar.
As for the Sharks they are healthy and ready to show all their haters that they can win in the playoffs. I must admit that I am one of the many who doubt that this team can win when it counts, but this may be the year they prove to everyone that they are good enough for two reasons. Firstly, they got rid of the choke-show in Evgeni Nabokov who has done nothing for them in the playoffs and replaced him with last year's Stanley Cup champion goalie Antti Niemi who could be the difference maker.
Secondly up until a few months ago, the Sharks actually were going under the radar because of their early struggles. This may work towards their benefit because after their early troubles the expectations of this team and the spotlight slowly diminished so the pressure is not as strong on this team as years past.
Prediction: Sharks win series in five.