Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sharks, Kings sticking with same lineups
By Pierre LeBrun
UPDATED 10:02 p.m. ET:
After saying earlier Sunday that he didn’t expect to make any lineup changes, Kings coach Darryl Sutter put Matt Greene in for Jordan Nolan, giving Los Angeles seven defenseman.
Sutter also changed his starting line to Dustin Brown-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Kings and Sharks are expected to go with the same lineups for Game 2 Sunday night.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he didn't anticipate making any changes from his Game 1 lineup.
"Likely," answered Sharks coach Todd McLellan to whether he's sticking with the same group that produced a 6-3 win.
That means another healthy scratch likely for veteran winger Martin Havlat, which is certainly a new experience for him at this time of year.
"It is," Havlat said Sunday morning. "But it is what it is. I'm ready when they need me. ...
"It's not easy for anybody that's not in the lineup. You look forward to this all year, really your whole career, to play in the playoffs. Some things you can't control. I just have to stay in shape and be ready when I get the call."
Sharks lines from the morning skate:
Joe Pavelski-Joe Thornton-Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau-Logan Couture-Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl-James Sheppard-Tommy Wingels
Raffi Torres-Andrew Desjardins-Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Jason Demers
Brad Stuart-Justin Braun
Scott Hannan-Dan Boyle
The Kings held an optional session Sunday morning, but the lines didn't change at practice the last few days:
Marian Gaborik-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams
Dwight King-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
Tyler Toffoli-Jarret Stoll-Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford-Trevor Lewis-Jordan Nolan
Jake Muzzin-Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr-Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell-Alec Martinez
A point of emphasis for the Kings over the past few days?
"Manage the puck better," said winger Dwight King. "They're a great transition team. They had a lot of odd-man rushes, some of it because of our sloppy play with the puck."
Added Sutter: "We want to hang on to the puck more."
The Sharks expect a different Kings team Sunday night.
"They don't want to go down two games to nothing," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said Sunday morning. "So they'll be ready. But we'll be ready too. They'll play a little bit different, but we'll play different too."
Which means likely a more low-scoring game the rest of the series.
"Yeah, we figure it's going to be 2-1-type scores," said Thornton. "I doubt we'll score five on them again tonight. Just be prepared for a tight-checking game."