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Sharks celebrate, then host Kings in opener

San Jose will raise banner before game to honor 2016 Western Conference championship

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (0-0-0) at SHARKS (0-0-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks will celebrate last season's trip to the Stanley Cup Final before beginning the new season against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center on Wednesday.

The Sharks will have a pregame ceremony to raise the banner commemorating their 2016 Western Conference Championship banner. They advanced to the Cup Final for the first time in franchise history before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

"It will just be a good opening to start the game and get the guys all revved up, just knowing that we have some unfinished business to do this season," forward Joel Ward said of the ceremony.

It's the third year in a row the Kings and Sharks have played each other on opening night.

San Jose opened last season with a 5-1 victory against the Kings at Staples Center after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015. Two years ago, the Sharks won 4-0 in the opener in Los Angeles, less than six months after blowing a 3-0 lead and losing a first-round playoff series to the Kings in seven games.

This time, the Kings will be the ones looking for some revenge after losing their Western Conference First Round Series against the Sharks in five games.

"Obviously with the way last year ended for them they're going to want to come out strong," Sharks center Logan Couture said. "We've been on the other end of that, so we know how they're feeling in that room."

Defenseman Drew Doughty said the Kings will use the playoff loss to San Jose as motivation.

"We're not going to forget that they beat us and beat us pretty handily," Doughty said. "We got to use that as something to thrive off of and make us play better."

The Kings will be without top-six forwards Marian Gaborik and Tanner Pearson for the opener. Gaborik was placed on injured reserve Oct. 6 with a broken foot he sustained at the World Cup of Hockey and is expected to miss eight weeks. Pearson will serve the third game of his four-game suspension for a hit to the head of Edmonton defenseman Brandon Davidson in an exhibition game on Oct. 2.

Former Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi, who played in Switzerland last season, will start on the first line in Gaborik's place and play his first NHL game since Nov. 22, 2014, when he was a member of the Calgary Flames.

The Sharks chose Setoguchi with the No. 8 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft. He had 159 points (84 goals, 75 assists) in 267 games for the Sharks from 20007-08 to 2010-11 being traded to the Minnesota Wild on June 24, 2011, as part of a package for defenseman Brent Burns.

Here are the projected lineups:

 

KINGS

Dustin Brown -- Anze Kopitar -- Devin Setoguchi

Teddy Purcell -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Dwight King -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford -- Andy Andreoff -- Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty

Brayden McNabb -- Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort -- Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Jeff Zatkoff

Injured: Marian Gaborik (broken foot)

Scratched: Tom Gilbert, Nic Dowd

Suspended: Tanner Pearson

 
SHARKS

Tomas Hertl -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker -- Logan Couture -- Joonas Donskoi

Patrick Marleau -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Matt Nieto -- Tommy Wingels -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Injured: None

Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Micheal Haley

 

Status report

Pearson will serve the final game of his suspension Friday when the Kings play their home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers. ... Wingels will play center for the first time with the Sharks after playing 300 games as a wing.


Who's hot

Quick went 1-0-1 with a 0.99 goals-against average, .965 save percentage and one shutout in the preseason. ... Donskoi scored a goal in each of the Sharks' final two preseason games.

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