Kings: Sharks D-man Murray out tonight

What the locals are saying ...

A lower-body injury will sideline San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray for tonight's game against the visiting Kings, the team's web site reported this afternoon.

Murray and Dan Boyle have been the top defensive pair for San Jose this season. Murray blocked a shot at the 5:34 mark of the third period Saturday night in a 4-3 victory against visiting Calgary, skated to the bench and wasn't seen again.

David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News also used most of his game preview to break down the Kings' resurgence. As has been written here, Pollack's story credits general manager Dean Lombardi with putting the pieces in order, much like he did as the GM for San Jose for seven seasons beginning in 1996.

The Kings (12-3-0) head into tonight's game leading the Western Conference in wins and points. They're off to their fastest start in club history.