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Sharks vs Kings Gameday: What The Hell Is This

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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?

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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

Peter Budaj

Jeff Zatkoff

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

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Kings Sharks Advantage
12-9-1 Record 13-9-1 Sharks
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
3 Goal Differential 5 Sharks

About Joe Hospodor

Joe Hospodor (@ABoyAndHisTeam) is a Bay Area native and has been a Sharks fan since his first game in 1993. He currently lives in Los Angeles for some stupid reason.

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