SHARKS (40-32-9) at KINGS (39-27-15
12:00PM PT, TV: NBC SPORTS NETWORK; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
SEASON FINALE: Today marks the fifth and final meeting with the Sharks this season; the Kings have a 2-2-0 record against San Jose. The Sharks are playing the second of their two-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. The Kings are returning from a three-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
LINEUP NOTES: The Kings didn’t hold a practice on Friday, and due to today’s early start, there was no morning skate held. There are no indications that there will be any changes made to the lineup from Thursday, other than that Jordan Weal is expected to slot in and made his NHL debut. Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford could sit, with Mike Richards centering Andy Andreoff and Jordan Weal on the fourth line.
GABORIK – KOPITAR – WILLIAMS
KING – CARTER – TOFFOLI
LEWIS – STOLL – BROWN
ANDREOFF – RICHARDS - WEAL
(CLIFFORD - SHORE - NOLAN)
MUZZIN – DOUGHTY
REGEHR – MARTINEZ
MCNABB – GREENE
WEAL GETS THE CALL: Forward Jordan Weal was recalled by the Kings from the Manchester Monarchs on Friday afternoon. He will likely make his NHL debut Saturday afternoon before returning to the Monarchs as they make a push in the Calder Cup Playoffs. In 70 games with Manchester this season, Weal has recorded 19 goals and 46 assists.
THE WEAL DEAL
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In San Jose’s previous visit to STAPLES Center on December 27, the Kings beat the Sharks 3-1. Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a lead in the opening minutes, but the Kings responded with three unanswered goals – two of them coming on the power play. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in the win.
KOPITAR ON CUE
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Today’s game will be broadcast live on the NBC SPORTS NETWORK, with coverage starting just prior to puck drop at 12:00PM PT. You can listen to the Kings’ very own Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the game live on AM 790 KABC.