KINGS (/-/-/) at SHARKS (/-/-/)
7:30PM PT, TV: N/A; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
UP NORTH: The Kings continue their preseason slate with a matchup tonight against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. The Sharks, like the Kings, have played four exhibition games so far. San Jose holds a 2-1-1 record, while the Kings swing into Northern California with a 3-0-1 mark. The Kings will again see the Sharks a week from tomorrow, October 8, for the regular season opener at STAPLES Center.
QUICK LOOK: Jonathan Quick will make his preseason debut tonight, marked good to go after fully recovering from the wrist surgery he underwent in late June. Quick has been skating with the team regularly during Training Camp, but with the heavy depth of goaltenders in the team’s expanded preseason roster, the Kings had the liberty of taking their time inching their starting goalie back into the live game mix.
EIGHT’S IN: Drew Doughty, after suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury over the summer, and sitting out the beginning of training camp, is expected to make his preseason debut as well. Doughty joined the team for his first official Training Camp skate a week ago today. Doughty will likely be alongside his regular defensive partner, Jake Muzzin, tonight.
WHO’S IN?: Tonight’s lineup will look as follows:
- FORWARDS: Jordan Nolan – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown, Dwight King – Mike Richards – Justin Williams, Kyle Clifford – Andy Andreoff – Trevor Lewis, Tanner Pearson – Jordan Weal – Adam Cracknell
- DEFENSEMEN: Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez – Matt Greene
- GOALIES: Jonathan Quick, Martin Jones
- OUT: Marian Gaborik, Jarret Stoll, Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter, Brayden McNabb, Jeff Schultz
: As it is the preseason, line combinations should be taken with a grain of salt. Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter will be out of the lineup tonight, but their linemate, Tanner Pearson will skate alongside a new pair. The Kings' defensive scheme seems to look pretty basic tonight. Jordan Nolan took line rushes with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, so he may get some time tonight with the Kings' first line. LIKE JORDAN
ON THE MEND: While a couple of players return to the lineup by the grace of renewed health, Marian Gaborik (Body) and Jarret Stoll (Hip) will be sidelined tonight in San Jose. Both players joined the team for this morning’s pregame skate, albeit Gaborik late, but are expected to play at some point during the club’s three-game, six day road trip.
Darryl Sutter told Jon Rosen Monday that “[Gaborik] will travel and practice and play at some point.” Gaborik appeared in the Kings’ split-squad matchup against the Arizona Coyotes at STAPLES Center on September 22, scoring two goals and registering five shots in 18:19 of ice time. Stoll has yet to appear in a preseason game.
LISTEN LIVE: Tonight’s game will not be televised. However, our very own Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans will have the live call from SAP Center via the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC. You can listen live on KABC.com.