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Wednesday, October 30th (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (10-1-1) at Los Angeles Kings (8-5-0), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The quick-starting San Jose Sharks wrap up a five-game road trip on Wednesday night when they visit the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings for the first time this season.

The Sharks have won two in a row since suffering their lone regulation loss this season, improving to 10-1-1 with Sunday's victory over the Ottawa Senators.

San Jose scored three times in the first period on the way to a 5-2 triumph, with backup netminder Alex Stalock making 38 saves in his first career start. The American-born 26-year-old was giving workhorse Antti Niemi his first game off this season.

"I saw a lot early and was able to feel it," Stalock said. "I was lucky enough to make saves."

James Sheppard and Tommy Wingels both registered a goal and an assist for San Jose, while Tomas Hertl snapped a six-game goal drought with his eighth of the season.

San Jose is 3-1-0 on a five-game road trip and is close to getting some healthy bodies back. Both Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat are officially game-time decisions for this game, while Matt Nieto is looking to return after missing the win over the Senators with a hand injury.

Boyle has missed the last six games since leaving the ice on a stretcher on a hit from behind in St. Louis on Oct. 15. He continued to practice on Tuesday, as did Havlat, who has yet to play this season following groin surgery.

The Sharks split their four meetings with the Kings last season, winning both contests at home.

However, they have lost six of seven and eight of their past 12 in Los Angeles.

Niemi should return to net tonight and is 10-5-2 with a pair of shutouts and a 2.39 goals against average in his career versus the Kings.

Los Angeles will try to avoid a second loss in a row tonight after dropping a 3-1 decision in Phoenix on Tuesday. The Kings were hitting the road following a 3-1-0 homestand and play the first of four straight as the host tonight.

Jarret Stoll had the Kings' lone goal last night and Ben Scrivens made 30 saves in his second start of the season.

"I felt I played well in the first and I tried to keep the boys in it through a couple of tough penalty kills," Scrivens said. "But overall this league is about winning. They did a good job of getting guys in front."

Los Angeles has scored just two goals in two games following a 7-4 win over the Coyotes on Oct. 24.

With Scrivens getting a rare start last night, Jonathan Quick is likely to face the Sharks on Wednesday. He is 9-4-5 in his career against the division rivals, logging two shutouts and a 2.55 GAA.

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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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
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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