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Kings' Gaborik will play in Game 2

Los Angeles also will have McBain in lineup against San Jose

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Right wing Marian Gaborik and defenseman Jamie McBain will play for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round series against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-CA, FS-W).

The Sharks won 4-3 in Game 1 on Thursday.

Gaborik, out since Feb. 12 because of a knee sprain, was activated from injured reserve by the Kings earlier Saturday.

Gaborik had 12 goals and 22 points in 54 regular-season games. His speed could be a big factor against the Sharks.

"He's a big part of our team so it is exciting for sure," Kings center Vincent Lecavalier said. "He's been practicing very well. He's got a lot of speed. I think him, even at 75 percent, is faster than a lot of guys, so that is how fast he is. He brings a lot to the table."

Gaborik took line rushes during the morning skate alongside center Anze Kopitar and left wing Milan Lucic.

Right wing Kyle Clifford was scratched to make room for Gaborik. Forward Nick Shore also replaced Andy Andreoff, who played Game 1.

McBain is replacing defenseman Alec Martinez, who is out after sustaining a lower-body injury during the second period of Game 1.

"This is when a player wants to play and get the opportunity to be an impact player," McBain said after the morning skate.

McBain sat out Game 1 after being a regular during the final games of the regular season while Martinez was out because of a different injury.

In 44 regular-season games McBain had two goals, nine points and a plus-2 rating.

"Jamie has been solid for us all year, whenever we put him in," coach Darryl Sutter said. "It's just a matter of the minutes. If you look at last game, we go down to five [defensemen] and you look at our guys, and we have a couple of guys with very limited playoff experience in [Luke] Schenn and Brayden [McNabb]. I think it definitely affected us. What do we expect out of Jamie? We expect him to be a really good competitor and move the puck. If he doesn't, we are going to have a problem."

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