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Havlat Back in Sharks Lineup for Game 3

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 8:00 PM / News
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Havlat Back in Sharks Lineup for Game 3



SAN JOSE, California
-- Just minutes after the San Jose Sharks' morning skate ended Saturday, coach Todd McLellan got the news he had been waiting for regarding injured forward Martin Havlat.

"He came to see me and said he's ready to go," McLellan said. "So we'll find a spot for him."

The Sharks trail the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in their Western Conference Semifinal series heading into Game 3 Saturday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Assuming Havlat returns to the lineup -- at one point McLellan said there's "a good chance he'll play" -- the Sharks' lines will have a new look when the series resumes here at HP Pavilion.

Havlat has been out with a lower-body injury since midway through the first period of Game 1 of the Sharks' Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks.

"We have to really sit down now and discuss how we're going to put things together," McLellan said.

Havlat had been a top-six forward, skating with center Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau. But Joe Pavelski skated on that line in Game 2 when the Sharks scored three goals, and McLellan might want to leave him there and slot Havlat on the third line with center Scott Gomez.

Wherever Havlat lines up, the Sharks can take advantage of his experience and skill, especially with forward Raffi Torres suspended and forward Adam Burish out with a broken right hand.

"His experience is important," McLellan said of Havlat. "He's played a number of games at the playoff level. He's an older player. He's been through it a lot."

What is McLellan looking for from Havlat?

"I want a good, hard, honest effort from Marty," he said. "I want him to bring his 'A' game. I want him to compete hard all over the rink and make a difference. You could ask me about 19 other players that are going to dress and I'd tell you the exact same thing."

The Kings aren't standing pat, either. Rookie Tanner Pearson was on the fourth line during the morning skate and will make his NHL debut in Game 3 unless the team goes with seven defensemen and 11 forwards, coach Darryl Sutter said. Either way, fourth-line left wing Jordan Nolan appears to be a scratch.

Pearson, 20, played 64 games for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League this season, totaling 19 goals and 28 assists.

"I was coming up to be a 'Black Ace,' just expecting to skate with them," Pearson, the team's 2012 first-round draft pick, said. "I guess anything can happen. We'll see what happens [Saturday]."

Sutter hasn't been shy about throwing a young player into his lineup when he's "earned the right" with strong play.

"Give them their opportunity and see how they play," Sutter said.

During the morning skate, rookie Tyler Toffoli moved from right wing on the fourth line to the third line. Trevor Lewis moved from right wing to center on the third line, bumping Brad Richardson to right wing on the fourth line. Colin Fraser centered the fourth line, between Pearson and Richardson.

In another Kings switch, defenseman Keaton Ellerby replaced Alec Martinez and was paired with Jake Muzzin.

Here's how the lineups could look Saturday:

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Joe Pavelski

TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns

Tommy Wingels - Scott Gomez - Martin Havlat

James Sheppard - Tim Kennedy - Andrew Desjardins

Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Scott Hannan - Brad Stuart

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Matt Tennyson, Bracken Kearns, Matt Pelech

Injured: Adam Burish (right hand), Jason Demers (left ankle)

Suspended: Raffi Torres

KINGS

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams

Dwight King - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter

Dustin Penner - Trevor Lewis - Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson - Colin Fraser - Brad Richardson

Robyn Regehr - Drew Doughty

Rob Scuderi - Slava Voynov

Jake Muzzin - Keaton Ellerby

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Matt Greene, Jordan Nolan, Alec Martinez

Injured: Jarret Stoll (undisclosed), Kyle Clifford (undisclosed), Willie Mitchell (knee)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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