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15: Preview, Kings @ Sharks, Western Conference Round 1, Game 4

The Road Warriors ride again!

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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, First Round

Game 4: San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings

Time: 7:30 PM Pacific
Location: SAP Center
TV: NBCSN, Fox Sports West, CSN-CA
Radio: KABC 790 AM
Live Stream: NBC Sports

Projected Lines

San Jose Sharks

Hertl - Thornton - Pavelski
Donskoi - Couture - Ward
Nieto - Marleau - Karlsson
Spaling - Tierney - Wingels

Vlasic - Braun
Martin - Burns
Dillon - Polak

Jones
(Reimer)

Los Angeles Kings

King - Kopitar - Gaborik
Lucic - Carter - Toffoli
Pearson - Lecavalier - Brown
Clifford - Lewis - Versteeg

Scuderi - Doughty
Muzzin - Schenn
McNabb - McBain

Quick
(Enroth)

Scratched: Andreoff, Shore Injured: Martinez, Nolan, Greene

Game Notes:

  • I'm not necessarily superstitious, but I must ask every one of you to do everything to prepare for this game that you did on Monday. It's important.
  • The lines have changed, yes, but they very closely reflect the lines we saw at the end of Game 3. The most noticeable changes are:
    • The reunion of LA's most-used line combination in 2015-16, which brings Milan Lucic back to the wing of Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli.
    • First. Line. Dwight. King.
    • Top. Pair. Rob. Scuderi.
    • And, of course, overtime hero Tanner Pearson plying his trade with Vincent Lecavalier and Dustin Brown on the third line.
  • Monday was a must-win game; this one feels only slightly less necessary for a series win. LA has had a lot of trouble with the Sharks this year, having lost all four home games against their rivals, and the fact that San Jose's struggled so much at SAP might be a bit of a mirage. As Jake Sundstrom from Fear the Fin pointed out on Monday's Jewelcast, Marc-Edouard Vlasic was out for a large stretch of San Jose's home games, and their possession numbers at home are just fine.
  • Point being: asking LA to win three straight is still a tall order.
  • The best sign for the Kings was that they played a very Kings-style game on Monday, and they held San Jose scoreless for 60+ minutes after the beginning lapse.
  • It was really nice to change the number at the start of the preview from 16 to 15.
  • The Sharks are making these previews very boring, as their lineup remains the same for a fourth straight contest. The current worry from their end? They're looking for depth scoring, as in, "Anyone not named Joe." Will they get it?
  • PREDICTION: Jonathan Quick stops San Jose's first shot on goal for the first time all series, and the rest of San Jose's shots as well.