Both Matt Nieto and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are back in action as the Sharks take on the Kings to open the playoffs. Patrick Marleau is down on the third line with Nieto and Karlsson while Joonas Donskoi skates on the second with Logan Couture and Joel Ward.
Unsurprisingly — but notably — Roman Polak is in the third pairing with Brenden Dillon, not Dylan DeMelo. The fourth line of Nick Spaling, Chris Tierney and Tommy Wingels dashes the dreams of those hoping Micheal Haley would go against the physical Kings. Trust me, they're out there.
Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. PST on CNBC. Go ahead and try to figure out what channel that is now.
Projected Sharks Lines
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Patrick Marleau – Melker Karlsson
Nick Spaling – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Projected Kings Lines
Milan Lucic – Anze Kopitar – Tanner Pearson
Dustin Brown – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King – Vincent Lecavalier – Kris Versteeg
Kyle Clifford - Andy Andreoff - Trevor Lewis
Brayden McNabb – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Luke Schenn
Rob Scuderi – Alec Martinez