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Monday, January 27th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (29-18-6) at San Jose Sharks (34-12-6), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings may have bigger things to worry about on Monday night than the possibility of posting their longest losing streak in over six years.

The Kings will play San Jose for the first time since a controversial hit by Dustin Brown sidelined Sharks' rookie Tomas Hertl for in all likeliness the rest of the regular season.

Los Angeles has won two of three over San Jose this season, including a 4-1 win at home when the clubs last met on Dec. 19. That game was highlighted by Brown's knee-on-knee hit to Hertl in the first period, with the Kings captain being assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Hertl had 15 goals and 10 assists in 35 games before the injury and it appears he won't play again this season following knee surgery.

It is something that the Sharks have appeared to have not forgotten.

"We weren't happy, and I certainly wasn't, with the way things were handled and the play itself," forward Tommy Wingels told the San Jose Mercury News.

An angry Sharks team is the last thing the Kings need as they have lost seven in a row in San Jose and five straight overall. The last four setbacks of their current losing streak have come in regulation and Los Angeles is in danger of posting its longest skid since dropping eight in a row from Dec. 12-26, 2007.

Los Angeles has lost 12 of its last 16 overall and is coming off a 3-0 setback to the Anaheim Ducks outdoors at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. Jonas Hiller posted a 36-save shutout for the Ducks to sweep the home-and-home set, while Jonathan Quick made 18 saves for the Kings and yielded two goals before the game was 10 minutes old.

"Yeah, it was tough chasing the lead. Trouble scoring goals," said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

Quick settled down after that and was perfect the rest of the way. The offense, meanwhile, outshot Anaheim 20-7 in the first period and 36-21 in the game, but was shut out for the fourth time this season.

Anze Kopitar was denied on a penalty shot in the first period and the Kings went 0-for-4 on the power play. They now lead the Vancouver Canucks by just one point for third place in the Pacific Division.

The Sharks are second in the division with 74 points, one back of the St. Louis Blues for third place in the Western Conference. They have won six in a row for the third time this season and aim to win seven straight for the first time since March 25-April 5 of last season.

San Jose signed Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to three-year contract extensions on Friday and the moves paid off the following night in a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Thornton and Marleau scored 49 seconds apart in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit and Thornton scored the game-winner on a slap shot with 1:30 left in overtime.

Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots in the win.

"Maybe it took us a little bit to regroup, but we finally did and we came together," said San Jose defenseman Matt Irwin.

Niemi is 11-6-3 with a 2.52 goals against average in his career versus the Kings, while Quick has gone 10-4-5 with a 2.57 GAA against the Sharks.

01/27 19:54:38 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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