San Jose hosts Los Angeles following Meier's hat trick

Los Angeles Kings (10-7-1, third in the Pacific Division) vs. San Jose Sharks (6-9-3, seventh in the Pacific Division)

San Jose, California; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings after Timo Meier recorded a hat trick in the Sharks' 8-5 loss to the Seattle Kraken.

San Jose has gone 6-9-3 overall with a 1-2-2 record in Pacific Division play. The Sharks are 3-5-0 in games decided by one goal.

Los Angeles has a 1-4-1 record in Pacific Division games and a 10-7-1 record overall. The Kings are 2-6-1 in games they serve more penalty minutes than their opponents.

The teams match up Friday for the sixth time this season. The Kings won 3-0 in the previous meeting.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tomas Hertl has five goals and 13 assists for the Sharks. Erik Karlsson has two goals and 13 assists over the last 10 games.

Kevin Fiala has scored seven goals with 14 assists for the Kings. Viktor Arvidsson has one goal and seven assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sharks: 4-4-2, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.5 assists, 2.8 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.

Kings: 5-3-2, averaging 2.7 goals, 5.3 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game.

INJURIES: Sharks: Markus Nutivaara: out (lower body), Nico Sturm: out (upper-body), Nikolai Knyzhov: out (achilles), James Reimer: day to day (lower-body).

Kings: Brendan Lemieux: out (lower-body), Alex Iafallo: out (lower body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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