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Quick seeks second straight win for Los Angeles; goalie Jones starts for San Jose

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (1-0-0) AT SHARKS (0-1-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Goaltender Jonathan Quick will start for the Los Angeles Kings against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center for the first time since last season's opener here Oct. 12, when he sustained a groin injury that sidelined him for more than four months. Quick is coming off a 35-save, 2-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday at Staples Center in the Kings opener. He's 14-9-5 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 30 games against San Jose.

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, who played for the Kings from 2013-15, will try to bounce back after a rough game Tuesday in a 5-3 home loss to the Flyers. Jones gave up four goals, three on the power play, on 30 shots. Jones is 6-2-2 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 10 games against the Kings.

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Nic Dowd is expected to make his season debut, replacing right wing Jonny Brodzinski on the third line. Left wing Michael Cammalleri, center Adrian Kempe and Brodzinski combined for no goals or assists against the Flyers, and Kings coach John Stevens said he needs more production from his third line.

Sharks forward Kevin Labanc had two goals against Philadelphia but was in the penalty box for all three of the Flyers' power-play goals. Labanc, who skated at left wing on the top line with center Joe Thornton and right wing Joe Pavelski, tied for the Sharks lead in shots (five).

 

They said it

"I'm really excited. I'm going to try to bring a lot of energy and try to make some plays and be productive out there in a lot of different ways." -- Dowd

"He competes really, really hard. I think traffic is key, making him move, making him feel a little bit uncomfortable is the way to go. He challenges the shooter very, very hard." -- Sharks forward Jannik Hansen on Quick

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Michael Cammalleri -- Adrian Kempe -- Nic Dowd 

Kyle Clifford -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty  

Jake Muzzin -- Christian Folin

Kurtis MacDermid -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Jonny Brodzinski, Paul LaDue

Injured: Alec Martinez (lower body)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker -- Logan Couture -- Jannik Hansen 

Joonas Donskoi -- Tomas Hertl -- Timo Meier 

Melker Karlsson -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Barclay Goodrow, Tim Heed

Injured: None

 

Status report

Hansen will likely move from the third to the second line, trading places with Donskoi. 

 

Stat pack

Thornton has 16 goals, 60 assists and 80 penalty minutes in 80 games against the Kings. ... Kopitar has 15 goals and 33 assists in 63 games against the Sharks.  

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