Kings look to complete season sweep of Sharks

Kings look to complete season sweep of Sharks

Prowess on the special teams and the lights-out play of forward Kevin Fiala have the Los Angeles Kings playing their best hockey of the season.Following a 6-3 thumping of the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday, the Kings will host the San Jose Sharks in the final of three meetings between the Pacific Division foes Wednesday.Against Connor McDavid and the Oilers, Los Angeles tallied on four of its seven man-advantage opportunities. When short-handed against the NHL’s top power-play unit, the Kings killed off all six of Edmonton’s chances.That performance helped pave the way to the Kings’ ninth win in their past 12 games (9-2-1) and first regular-season victory over the Oilers on home ice since Nov. 21, 2019.An 85-point producer last season for the Minnesota Wild (33 goals, 52 assists), the 26-year-old Fiala recorded his first multigoal game with the Kings and second career hat trick in Saturday’s 5-1 win at Vegas.The left winger followed that up Tuesday with two goals and two assists — the helpers both going to Adrian Kempe on power-play markers — to move his point total to 46 (15 goals, 31 assists) in 44 matches.Through Monday’s games, Fiala was tied with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey for fifth in the NHL in dishing out primary assists.”His engine is really good, he can play lots of minutes, he’s dangerous and he can play up and down the lineup,” said Kings coach Todd McLellan. “His game transfers with him wherever he goes. He can play with big players, small players, quick, crafty players, straight-line players. It’s rare to find a player like that.”Top-line center Anze Kopitar had a historic outing and another is looming. He recorded his 1,100th career point and 600th at home by assisting on Fiala’s first power-play goal. Kopitar also has 199 career goals on home ice.

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