The Kings fell behind the San Jose Sharks 4-1 before making a late charge that brought them to within two goals Thursday night at HP Pavilion. The Sharks held on to win the first of two games between the rivals in three nights 4-3. The rematch is Saturday night at Staples Center, with the Kings looking to improve their record on home ice to 10-2-1. They were 14-10-2 overall and in fifth place in the Western Conference after losing to the Sharks (12-8-6, seventh). The Kings also are looking to lower their goals-against, and it’s possible Jonathan Bernier could start Saturday. Bernier relieved starter Jonathan Quick, who gave up three goals in Thursday’s loss at San Jose.
Bernier is 5-2-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Quick is 9-8-2 with a 2.69 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage.
Antti Niemi (11-5-5, 2.06, .929) is expected to start for the Sharks.