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Sharks go to Scott for size in outdoor game vs. Kings

by Dan Rosen

KINGS (27-18-12) at SHARKS (30-22-8)

TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott will play in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday night at Levi's Stadium (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2) because of how effective he was in minimal ice time against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 21.

Scott had one shot on goal and was credited with four hits over 13 shifts totaling 7:56 of ice time in the Sharks 4-2 win against Los Angeles at SAP Center. It's the only game he's played this season against the Kings.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Scott will replace Chris Tierney, who had played nine straight games since being recalled from the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League on Feb. 4.

"John Scott had a big factor in the game we played against L.A. last time," McLellan said. "He played really good minutes, hard minutes. They're a big team, and John is that. That's called ingredients. You need different types of ingredients on any given night to win. The last time we used those ingredients we had some success."

The Kings, who did not hold a morning skate Saturday, aren't likely to make any lineup changes. They have used the same lineup for five consecutive games and won them all. The Kings have won six in a row overall.

Kings defenseman Matt Greene is particularly excited to get a chance to play outdoors Saturday. He was a healthy scratch against the Anaheim Ducks in the Stadium Series game last season at Dodger Stadium.

"It's a fun game to play," Greene said Friday. "These are actually the fun games of the year, when there is something on the line. Playing outside, doing something different, and having it means something in the standings is just going to make it more enjoyable."

The Sharks are trying to keep things normal Saturday, but it's been admittedly hard to do.

They held a morning skate and timed their meetings as they always do before games, but their morning skate was at Sharks Ice, their practice facility, when they typically hold them at SAP Center. And instead of driving to the game individually, the Sharks also will be bussing together to Levi's Stadium because of various road closures and difficult parking issues.

"We're trying to [keep a sense of normalcy]," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "We'll get there. Everything is a little quicker today getting there, but overall it'll be good."

Here are the projected lineups:

KINGS

Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Dwight King - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Trevor Lewis - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams

Jordan Nolan - Nick Shore - Kyle Clifford

Robyn Regehr - Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene

Jamie McBain - Brayden McNabb

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Derek Forbort

Injured: Alec Martinez (concussion), Tanner Pearson (leg)

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Melker Karlsson

Matt Nieto - Logan Couture - Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl - James Sheppard - Tommy Wingels

John Scott - Andrew Desjardins - Tyler Kennedy

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon - Justin Braun

Matt Irwin - Scott Hannan

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Barclay Goodrow, Chris Tierney, Mirco Mueller

Injured: Mike Brown (leg), Tye McGinn (upper body), Daniil Tarasov (undisclosed), Raffi Torres (knee)

Status report: Mueller will be scratched for the fourth straight game. … Brown has resumed skating, but only on his own. He will miss his 31st consecutive game Saturday. … Niemi is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .945 save percentage against the Kings this season. … Quick is 1-2-0 with a 3.06 GAA and .890 save percentage against the Sharks this season.

Who's hot: Quick has a .927 save percentage in the Kings six-game winning streak. … The line of King, Carter and Toffoli has combined for 26 points on 13 goals and 13 assists in the past six games. King has a career-high five-game point streak (3-5-8).

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