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Sharks vs. Kings Lines: Melker in, Ward out

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No Joel Ward, but Melker Karlsson is back in.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Today's morning skate was of the optional variety, so we won't have a confirmation on tonight's lines until shortly before puck drop. But thanks to some tidbits from Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz we've got an update on Joel Ward's status (should be back after Christmas) and a look at the projected lines for tonight's game.

First Liner Dainius Zubrus is still a thing, and we have an okay third line of Karlsson-Tierney-Wingels. Hertl is stuck on the fourth line with Brown and Smith, but this isn't the worst lineup the Sharks have iced this season. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is a game-time decision, but hopefully he's able to go knowing there will be a long break after tonight's game.

Projected Sharks Lines

Dainius Zubrus - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Matt Nieto - Patrick Marleau - Joonas Donskoi
Melker Karlsson - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels
Ben Smith - Tomas Hertl - Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones
Alex Stalock

Projected Kings Lines

Milan Lucic - Anze Kopitar - Marian Gaborik
Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Trevor Lewis - Nick Shore - Dustin Brown
Michael Mersch - Andy Andreoff - Jordan Nolan

Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Christian Ehrhoff - Jamie McBain

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth