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Kings at Sharks, 4/9: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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San Jose Sharks Right Wing Timo Meier (28) and Los Angeles Kings Center Jaret Anderson-Dolan (28) battle for the puck during an NHL game on April 02, 2021, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Rob Curtis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the second consecutive weekend, it’s a Friday and Saturday back-to-back affair between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.

Since last Saturday, the Kings split a series against the Arizona Coyotes, losing 5-2 on Monday and coming back to win 4-3 on Wednesday. Defender Olli Maata may return from injury tomorrow night, which also may mark Christian Wolanin’s first game with the club since being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on March 29.

The Sharks played just one game against the Anaheim Ducks this week, losing 5-1 and slipping back into sixth place in the West Division. Defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic missed Tuesday’s game and will remain out of the lineup tonight. Logan Couture, who sustained an lower-body injury from blocking a shot on Tuesday, is expected to play.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

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

Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Erik Karlsson
Radim Simek — Christian Jaros

Martin Jones
Devan Dubnyk

Expected Scratches: Antti Suomela, Kurtis Gabriel

Injured Reserve: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (upper body), Matt Nieto (lower body)

LOS ANGELES KINGS

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

Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty
Kurtis MacDermid — Sean Walker
Kale Clague — Austin Strand

Calvin Petersen
Jonathan Quick

Expected Scratches: Gabriel Vilardi, Sean Durzi

Injured Reserve: Tobias Bjornfot (upper body), Olli Maatta (upper body)

COVID-19 Protocol: Matt Roy

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 Bally Sports West and NBC Sports California Plus, 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!