Matt Nieto and Marc-Edouard Vlasic good to go for Thursday

Both players will be ready to go when the Sharks open the playoffs.

Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz delivered some good news on the injury front today as both Matt Nieto and Marc-Edouard Vlasic will play on Thursday night against the Kings. Vlasic's status comes as less of a surprise than Nieto's, though it's undoubtedly good news to get both players back in the fold.

As for how that affects the Sharks lines, Kurz tweeted this from this morning's practice.

Most interesting to me is that Zubrus is the odd man out here. He's been better than Spaling and I assumed his history with DeBoer gave him an edge. Perhaps we'll see Zubrus on Thursday and that nagging injury that had him sit out Saturday's regular season finale is keeping him sidelined for the time being at practice.

If these lines hold, we're looking at:

Pavelski - Thornton - Hertl

Donskoi - Couture - Ward

Nieto - Marleau - Karlsson

Tierney - Spaling - Wingels

Vlasic - Braun

Burns - Martin

Dillon - Polak

The Sharks could do a lot worse than that; and while I'd rather see Zubrus than Spaling, I won't lose any sleep over these combinations.