Conference First Round.
Moving Pavelski would make the Sharks stronger down the middle and better prepared to face a Kings team that has centers Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis.
"The debate isn’t a raving one in the coaches’ locker room," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We feel equally comfortable going either way. The wild card is Tomas and making sure that he’s capable...
The Los Angeles Kings were overwhelmed by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final last season. They couldn't compete with Chicago's skill and didn't have enough firepower to match the Blackhawks, especially with Mike Richards missing three games because of a head injury.
Jonathan Quick and L.A.'s defense didn't bend much, but without enough offensive support, Chicago eventually...
Trophy as the League's top defensive forward and was by far the Kings' most consistent two-way forward. He led the Kings in scoring for the seventh straight season. Williams is one of their better puck-possession forwards. Jeff Carter, who owns one of the more lethal wrist shots in the game, needs to score more timely goals.
The Kings didn't have much depth after the top line. Mike Richards had...
of an embarrassing one."
Here are the projected lineups for the Lightning and Capitals:
Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Steven Stamkos
Ryan Callahan – Tom Pyatt – Alex Killorn
J.T. Brown – Cedric Paquette – Nikita Kucherov
Richard Panik – Nate Thompson – B.J. Crombeen
Matt Carle – Radko Gudas
Eric Brewer – Andrej Sustr
Mark Barberio – Michael Kostka
will face Dallas in the opening round of the post-season.
Anze Kopitar had two goals, including the tying on with 3:12 left in the third period, and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles. The Kings fell short of getting their franchise-record 47th win in their regular-season finale.
Both local rivals scored in the final 5 minutes of regulation, and Smith-Pelly then beat Jonathan Quick in the fourth...
. ... Sharks D Scott Hannan did not make the trip to Arizona after taking a hard hit from Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau on Friday night. ... RW MikeBrown also stayed home with his wife due to deliver their baby. ... Ribeiro's goal was his second in 24 games.
will be without center Martin Hanzal, who will sit out his third straight game. Tippett said he might play in the season finale Sunday against Dallas.
Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
Tommy Wingels - James Sheppard - Tomas Hertl
Tyler Kennedy - Bracken Kearns - MikeBrown
Brad Stuart - Justin Braun
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers
Matt Irwin - Dan...
Nolan – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Jarret Stoll – Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford – Trevor Lewis - Tyler Toffoli
Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell – Alec Martinez
Injured: Drew Doughty (upper body)
Scratched: Andrew Campbell, Tanner Pearson
NOTES: Regehr told reporters that he is available after he missed three games...