San Jose Sharks To Raise Western Conference Champs Banner Against the Los Angeles Kings
After the shortest offseason in franchise history, the San Jose Sharks are back as they host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at SAP Center. It will be their first match-up against the Kings since eliminating the bitter rivals in round 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It’s always been a testy affair between these two teams, and tonight should be no different especially as the Sharks restart their quest for the Cup after just falling short of Lord Stanley.
Coming into tonight’s game, Tanner Pearson for the LA Kings will be serving the third game of his four-game suspension, first of the regular season after an illegal check to the head of Oilers’ defenseman Brandon Davidson during the preseason. The team will also be missing Marian Gaborik, who is out for eight weeks with a foot injury sustained from the World Cup of Hockey.
Anze Kopitar will wear the ‘C’ as the Kings’ newest captain after Dustin Brown was stripped of it. The Sharks will be seeing a familiar face on the other team as former Shark Devin Setoguchi will dress for the Kings in a career comeback attempt.
Sharks fans will get a look at the team’s new second line with Mikkel Boedker, Logan Couture, and Joonas Donskoi. Boedker was acquired via free agency this offseason, along with David Schlemko who will also be making his official Shark debut of the regular season.
Sharks Projected Line-Ups
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Mikkel Boedker – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Tommy Wingels – Melker Karlsson
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Eduoard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Kings Projected Line-Ups
Devin Setoguchi – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Teddy Purcell – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King – Nic Dowd – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Andy Andreoff – Jordan Nolan
Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Brayden McNabb – Alec Martinez
Derek Forbort – Andy Greene