OH, TO BE KING

Sharks have had a lot of suc­cess against L.A., but not in cru­cial games

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

SAN JOSE SHARKS fans would prob­a­bly never ad­mit it, but there has to be a lot of envy when look­ing in the di­rec­tion of the Los An­ge­les Kings, who are man­aged by a for­mer Sharks GM, coached by a for­mer Sharks bench boss and have won two Stan­ley Cups in three years. The Kings also ex­cel at do­ing some­thing not pre­vi­ously ex­e­cuted in San Jose: rais­ing their game to a higher level in the post-sea­son.

The L.A. model is ev­ery­thing the Sharks de­sire. This ri­valry hurts even more be­cause San Jose let a 3-0 se­ries lead over the Kings slip away in the open­ing round last spring. And Kings fans will never let Sharks fans for­get that. To bet­ter com­pete against big,

LO­GAN COU­TURE

burly L.A., the Sharks added ruf­fian John Scott in the off-sea­son. But he’s just a re­serve pawn in a big game of chess that has many, many mov­ing parts.

For the Sharks to make some noise in the play­offs, they know they’ll have to beat fierce state ri­vals Los An­ge­les and/or Ana­heim.

The two teams meet Oct. 8, Dec. 27, Jan. 21, Feb. 21 and April 11.

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