This all-California clash could easily go the distance.
Heading into Thursday's Game 5 at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are knotted at two wins apiece in their best-of-seven set, the result of four consecutive triumphs for the home squad.
What's it going to take survive this Golden State showdown? Here are five keys for both sides
FIVE KEYS FOR THE KINGS
1. Winning at home
How's that for hard-hitting analysis? It's sounds too simple, but the Kings won't have to worry about losses at HP Pavilion in San Jose as long as they hold serve at home. The Kings have won a dozen consecutive outings at Staples Center, including five playoff dates. If they can stretch that streak to 14, they'll be through to the next round. That's why they call it 'home-ice advantage.'