This is the second of six meetings this season between the Kings and San Jose Sharks, following San Jose’s 4-2 victory up north on Nov. 7, when the Sharks scored three second-period goals to erase a 1-0 deficit. After a bumpy start, the Sharks have climbed to the top of the Pacific Division. They had a four-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver, but before that, the Sharks had allowed a total of four goals in their previous four games. There’s a little uncertainty with the Sharks’ lineup tonight. Former Kings center Michal Handzus has been ill, and his status for tonight’s game remains uncertain, so the Sharks could end up playing with seven defensemen. For the latest on the Sharks, check out the blog from the San Jose Mercury News, followed by tonight’s expected lineups for both teams and the Sharks’ full roster…

San Jose Mercury News Sharks blog

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KINGS LINEUP
Brown-Kopitar-Hunter
Gagne-Richards-Stoll
Clifford-Loktionov-Williams
Moreau-Fraser-Westgarth

Scuderi-Doughty
Mitchell-Voynov
Johnson-Greene

Quick
Bernier

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SHARKS LINEUP
Logan Couture-Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe-Patrick Marleau-Torrey Mitchell
Jamie McGinn-Michal Handzus-Martin Havlat
Brad Winchester-Andrew Desjardins-Andrew Murray

Dan Boyle-Douglas Murray
Brent Burns-Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Jason Demers-Jim Vandermeer

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

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SHARKS ROSTER
2 — Jim Vandermeer — D
3 — Douglas Murray — D
5 — Colin White — D
8 — Joe Pavelski — RW
9 — Martin Havlat — RW
10 — Brad Winchester — LW
12 — Patrick Marleau — LW
17 — Torrey Mitchell — C
19 — Joe Thornton — C
22 — Dan Boyle — D
26 — Michal Handzus — C
28 — Andrew Murray — C
29 — Ryane Clowe — LW
39 — Logan Couture — C
44 — Marc-Edouard Vlasic — D
60 — Jason Demers — D
61 — Justin Braun — D
64 — Jamie McGinn — LW
68 — Frazer McLaren — LW
69 — Andrew Desjardins — C
88 — Brent Burns — D

1 — Thomas Greiss — G
31 — Antti Niemi — G

Injured-reserve list
15 — James Sheppard — C
30 — Antero Nittymaki — G

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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