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Quick expected to start for Kings

by Eric Gilmore

SAN JOSE -- Jonathan Quick was the first goaltender off the ice at the Los Angeles Kings' morning skate and is expected to make his sixth straight start Thursday night at HP Pavilion against the San Jose Sharks and goaltender Antti Niemi.

Quick allowed five goals on 29 shots in a 5-2 road loss Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Last season he went 0-1-2 with a 2.56 goals-against average against the Sharks at HP Pavilion. He's 8-4-4 lifetime against San Jose with a 2.52 GAA.

Niemi is 8-3-2 for his career against Los Angeles with a 2.15 GAA.

Brent Burns, typically a defenseman, skated at right wing on the Sharks' top line with center Joe Thornton and left wing Logan Couture. He played forward Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues for the first time this season, opening on the third line but moving up to the first line late in the second period.

Sharks forward Martin Havlat was on the ice during the morning skate but remained on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Havlat has made significant progress in his recovery.

"He's getting better," McLellan said. "It's nice to see him skating at almost full speed."

Sharks backup goaltender Thomas Greiss remained on injured reserve with a strained neck but "skated a little bit" Thursday morning, McLellan said. "Won't play tonight. I think he's a little bit further down the road, but getting better."

Here's how the lineups could look Thursday night when the Sharks face the Kings at HP Pavilion:


Logan Couture - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns

Ryane Clowe - Patrick Marleau - Joe Pavelski

James Sheppard - Scott Gomez - Tommy Wingels

Andrew Desjardins - Michal Handzus - Adam Burish

Dan Boyle - Matt Irwin

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Brad Stuart - Douglas Murray

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Jason Demers, TJ Galiardi, Tim Kennedy

Injured: Martin Havlat (lower body), Thomas Greiss (neck)


Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Wiliams

Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter

Dwight King - Trevor Lewis - Jarret Stoll

Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Rob Scuderi - Slava Voynov

Alec Martinez - Keaton Ellerby

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Brad Richardson, Davis Drewiske, Tyler Toffoli

Injured: Matt Greene (back), Willie Mitchell (knee)

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