Controversy usually unfolds AFTER a playoff series starts. But it's already there, riding shotgun with the
Kings offense vs. Sharks defense
The Sharks have a mobile, but not overly physical, defense corps, so that will be an area the Kings will probably try to exploit with their big-bodied presence down low.
Kings defense vs. Sharks offense
The X factor is
Los Angeles deftly managed the long injury-related absence of starter
The power plays are near the bottom of the league: San Jose, 20th, and the Kings, 26th. Meanwhile, penalty-killing for both teams is in the top 10: San Jose, seventh, and the Kings, 10th.
San Jose holds the best home record in the