By Richie Katz, TiqIQ
The San Jose Sharks look to get back on track in Los Angeles Thursday night. As they faceoff in game 2 against the Kings, they have the tough task of stopping the hottest team in the NHL. The defending Stanley Cup champions have won 4 straight playoff games at home (new team record) and 11 straight games including regular season (one shy of team record).
The recent success of the Kings can surely be attributed to goalie Jon Quick seemingly returning to the form that won them the cup last summer. In the last 5 games he’s posted 2 shutouts. In the entire playoffs Quick has only allowed 10 goals. His GAA is a staggering 1.32 and an unreal 953 SV%. Although assistant captain Mike Richards had 32 points in 48 games this season, he is currently playing at a point per game pace in the 2013 playoffs.
San Jose’s Raffi Torres was summoned to the NHL headquarters in New York City today for a disciplinary meeting, which the outcome is expected to be a multi game suspension. Regardless of the malicious intent or not, Torres’ history as an agitator make it doubtful he’ll get off the hook for his big hit on Jared Stoll.
Interestingly enough, the average ticket price for game 2 at The Staple Center in LA are $62 dollars cheaper than the game 1 average price. The average price for Kings tickets in game 2 is $172 and the cheapest tickets available are only $53 dollars. Heading 340 miles north to San Jose, there is a slight increase in San Jose Sharks tickets prices for games 3 and 4. The average get in price for game 3 is $217 and there are still tickets available for as low as $93. As for game 4 the average get in price jumps $14 dollars to $231 and the cheapest tickets are available for $92.
As San Jose swept Vancouver with ease in round 1, many around the NHL were asking themselves if this was finally the year the Sharks could potentially go on a cup run. The Kings were quick to dispel that notion with a 2-0 shutout on Tuesday night. Even though LA won the cup last year, surprisingly enough, they are enjoying their first home ice advantage in the playoffs since the 1992 season.