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Kings at Sharks, 3/22: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88), San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) and San Jose Sharks center Ryan Donato (16) celebrates a goal during the NHL regular season game against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Rudolfs Balcers is making his return to the San Jose Sharks’ lineup tonight, after missing three games with an upper-body injury. His return will cause some shuffling among the forward group, as Ryan Donato will center the fourth line with John Leonard and Kurtis Gabriel, and Dylan Gambrell will center Marcus Sorensen and Balcers on the third line. Patrick Marleau will take Leonard’s place on the second line.

The visiting Los Angeles Kings have made a surprising push, just five points out from overtaking the St. Louis Blues for the final playoff spot, though their 13-11-6 record isn’t exactly inspiring. They’ve earned three points against the Sharks so far this season, losing 4-3 in a shootout and winning 6-2 in a series in early February.

Dustin Brown is leading the team in goals, with 14, while Anze Kopitar’s 29 assists and 37 points top the other scoring categories.

Here’s everything you need to know to tune in tonight:

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen — Dylan Gambrell — Rudolfs Balcers
John Leonard — Ryan Donato — Kurtis Gabriel

Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Erik Karlsson
Radim Simek — Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Martin Jones
Devan Dubnyk

Expected Scratches: Fredrik Claesson, Antti Suomela

Injured Reserve: Matt Nieto (lower body)

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Alex Iafallo — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown
Carl Grundstrom — Jaret Anderson-Dolan — Trevor Moore
Andreas Athanasiou — Adrian Kempe — Jeff Carter
Austin Wagner — Blake Lizotte — Gabriel Vilardi

Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty
Tobias Bjornfot — Matt Roy
Kurtis MacDermid — Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick
Calvin Petersen

Expected Scratches: Matt Luff

Injured Reserve: Olli Maatta (upper body), Martin Frk (lower body)

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports West and NBC Sports Bay Area, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv (blackout restrictions apply).

Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!