SHARKS (23-12-1) at KINGS (17-15-4)
10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, CSN-CA, NHL.TV
Sharks team scope
The San Jose Sharks are going for their fifth straight victory. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 on Friday. Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun scored, and Aaron Dell made 21 saves for his first NHL shutout. However, defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit in the face by a slap shot and his status for Saturday is uncertain. Coach Peter DeBoer said Friday that Vlasic would be unlikely to make the trip to Los Angeles. "As bad as it looked and as bad as it probably is, I've got my fingers crossed," DeBoer said. "The initial reports are that I don't believe it's that serious, so that's good." The Sharks did not have a morning skate Saturday.
Kings team scope
The Los Angeles Kings return home after playing nine straight on the road. They averaged 2.0 goals per game on the trip and lost the final three games (0-2-1). "We've been too inconsistent, and that's been our biggest problem," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I don't know that we're not generating offense, we're just not scoring on our chances. It's not that we haven't gotten shots or good looks at the net. It's that when we get those looks we have to score." Coach Darryl Sutter had a different take. He said he wanted to see more defensive execution. "I'm more interested in cutting scoring chances down and not giving up easy goals-against," Sutter said. "Easy goals-against have hurt us since Christmas."
Sharks projected lineup
Patrick Marleau -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski
Kevin Labanc -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Joonas Donskoi
Melker Karlsson -- Micheal Haley -- Joel Ward
Paul Martin -- Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun
David Schlemko -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto
Injured: Tomas Hertl (knee), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (upper body)
Kings projected lineup
Marian Gaborik -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Devin Setoguchi
Kyle Clifford -- Nic Dowd -- Trevor Lewis
Dwight King -- Nick Shore -- Jordan Nolan
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez
Brayden McNabb -- Kevin Gravel
Scratched: Matt Greene, Tom Gilbert, Andy Andreoff
Injured: Tyler Toffoli (lower-body), Jonathan Quick (groin)
Jones had started the previous seven games before backing up Dell on Friday. … Budaj was the first goalie off the ice for the Kings.
Pavelski has two goals and five assists during a five-game point streak. Thornton has eight assists in his past nine games. Burns has 14 points in the past 14 games. … Carter has five goals and an assist in the past five games. Shore has two goals in four games.