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Sharks adjust lines with Torres out

May 16, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

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Even before the NHL’s controversial decision to suspend Raffi Torres for the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals came out, the San Jose Sharks were already tweaking lines for Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings.

Now they might just have to do so for more than a game or two.

Either way, has the lowdown on the changes the Sharks are making with Torres suspended and fellow forwards Adam Burish and Martin Havlat injured.

Pavelski spoke about the difference between playing with Thornton vs. Couture.

“Jumbo obviously demands the puck and gets it, and Cooch is everywhere, creating turnovers and has the puck all the time. You like playing with both of them, and the opportunity is going to be good,” Pavelski said.

Head coach Todd McLellan explains how Gomez might fit on the third line.

“He’s doing a lot of the right things right now for our team, and he deserves to be promoted into that spot,” McLellan said. “You look at his linemates (Wingels and Sheppard), you have a left and a right-handed shot and they both have a little bit of size and puck protection skills. Maybe it will compliment what Gomer has.”

The Sharks sure hope so. They play the Kings in Game 2 on Thursday, which you can watch on NBC Sports Network beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

  1. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    …Kings in four…. with or without Torres

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Your delusional

  2. manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Another article on how Torres’ bad choice affects his team and how the Sharks have to “tweak” their lines. How about something regarding what the Kings will have to do to replace a center?

    If you were just coming to the party, based on articles and comments focused on the “poor” Sharks, you’d think the Kings were the bad guys. Oh, yeah, it’s obviously the Kings’ fault that Shanahan suspended a known head-hunter. Way to stick your head in the way of Torres’ shoulder, Stoll, and mess up the great Sharks chance at a cup. Ya putz.

  3. lordshipstanley - May 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Manchester miracle: did you actually look at the replay? The fact that Torres is suspended at all is purely about past history. You’re starting to sound like the Canucks. It’s always someone else’s fault. People get hurt every day playing hockey. To me it was two minutes for playing hockey, and a series suspension for being Torres.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Manchester they had an article about stoll and clifford not playing and how the kings tweak their lines. Open your eyes you fool.

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