A few days ago, the Los Angeles Kings unveiled a monument celebrating the team’s 50th anniversary. It’s only fitting that the statue features former Kings players flinging poop upwards to form Dustin Brown holding the Cup.
After all, who could forget that iconic year the LA Kings won their second Stanley Cup led by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?
The San Jose Sharks head to STAPLES Center for the first time this season, facing the Kings for the first time since beating them 2-1 at SAP Center to start the year.
The Kings will still be without netminder Jonathan Quick, who is still recovering from the
2016 playoffs World Cup of Hockey injury he sustained during the first game of the season in San Jose. LA has a decent track record of sterling performances by backup goalies (surprised not to see a nod to that on the anniversary monument), and so far Peter Budaj has been playing the part, giving up no more than two goals in his last five starts during the Kings’ current five-game win streak.
The Kings will be icing a much better lineup than the last time these two teams faced off, with winger Marian Gaborik returning after being sidelined with a foot injury he sustained during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Gaborik has yet to score since his return, but expect to see him get back on the board soon, if not tonight.
Speaking of injuries, the Sharks come into tonight without Tomas Hertl or Tommy Wingels, who are both still sidelined with their respective lower and upper body pains. That means Sharks rookies Kevin Labanc and Ryan Carpenter will be getting their first taste of the Sharks-Kings rivalry. Micheal Haley will also slot in to protect their knees.
With the Kings having the added benefit of last change on home ice against a Sharks team on the second half of a back-to-back, look for head coach Darryl Sutter to pair his top uni over the Sharks bottom six lines tonight as often as possible. This is going to be a much harder matchup than the home opener. Hopefully the Sharks have another 40+ shot performance in them after last night.
Prediction: Sharks 2, Kings 1. Martin Jones unveils a monument outside of STAPLES of Dean Lombardi signing Jonathan Quick to an 10-year contract extension and trading Jones to San Jose.
Los Angeles Kings Projected Lines
Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Trevor Lewis
Tanner Pearson – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown – Nic Dowd – Devin Setoguchi
Marian Gaborik -Nick Shore – Jordan Nolan
Derek Forbort – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez
Kevin Gravel – Matt Greene
San Jose Sharks Projected Lineups
Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joel Ward – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Mikkel Boedker – Chris Tierney – Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson – Ryan Carpenter – Micheal Haley
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
|4th, Pacific||Div. Standing||1st, Pacific|
|6-3-1||Last 10 Games||6-3-1||Tied|
|12.1 (28th)||Power Play||18.3 (14th)||Sharks|
|82.4 (18th)||Penalty Kill||85.7 (7th)||Sharks|
|56 (17th)||Goals For||54 (22nd)||Kings|
|53 (7th)||Goals Against||49 (4th)||Sharks|