Kings Revisit Tank On Metallica Night

Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons
Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons

The Unforgiven

For the first and only time this season, the Los Angeles Kings will travel to San Jose to face the Sharks at SAP Center. Due to an odd number of games played between the two teams, the San Jose Sharks will travel to Los Angeles three times by end of the regular season, while the Kings will only travel to the Bay Area twice. The only other time Los Angeles will fly into San Jose will be for the highly anticipated outdoor game at Levi’s Stadium.

Being that this is the lone occasion that the Tank will host the Los Angeles squad, it was decided that tonight’s contest would be deemed “Metallica Night.” Metallica- who is one of most groundbreaking bands in music- started in San Francisco, spent some time in Los Angeles, then returned to the Bay Area due to a request by their late bass player, Cliff Burton. Tonight will be very metal.

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

This is also the first time Los Angeles will play a game that counts in San Jose since they reverse swept the Sharks in the 2014 playoffs. You can bet the men in teal will want some revenge on home ice; spoiling the banner raising ceremony isn’t enough.

Broken, Beat & Scarred

Tonight will be an interesting matchup as both teams are missing key players in their lineup. In a disgraceful loss against the New Jersey Devils Monday night, San Jose lost versatile forward, Tommy Wingels, and shutdown defenseman, Justin Braun, to injury. On the Kings’ side of things, they will be without the services of forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. This is, of course, in addition to the absence of part-time wife beater, Slava Voynov.

Both of these teams are battling for a playoff spot, with San Jose having a two point advantage in the standings, but Los Angeles holding a game in hand on the Sharks. With each club losing important skaters for a notable amount of time, it may come down to who can fight through the injury bug the best to see who makes the playoffs. One thing that is certain though: Calgary’s run for a post-season position just got a whole lot easier.

2 thoughts on “Kings Revisit Tank On Metallica Night”

  1. Drew could you please tell me why the sharks are wearing away jerseys at home. On top of that why would they allow the kings to use home jerseys and skate all over our logo? all of this is making it hard to watch this game for me and also making me feel like a b**ch of a sharks fan.

    • Hey Devin, the reason the jerseys were switched was because Los Angeles wants to wear their Stadium Series uniforms for their Fan Appreciation Night (which happens to be against San Jose). The Sharks organization agreed to the switch.

      I’m not sure what the specific rules are, but I think there is a quota as to how many times a team is supposed to wear each jersey in the regular season. That’s why San Jose used to only wear their Black Armor sweaters on Thursday nights.

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