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Sharks unlikely to make lineup changes for Game 7 vs. Kings

May 28, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT


Sounds like San Jose is going with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach tonight.

Head coach Todd McLellan said he liked what he saw from his Game 6 lineup — the one that earned a 2-1 victory and forced Game 7 — and didn’t appear ready to switch things up.

“The adjustments the players made, give them credit for that,” McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News. “They were much sharper, they executed better, they were hungrier to execute and make plays, and I hope they expect that from each other again.”

The big change in Game 6 was Adam Burish, who came in and made his series debut after breaking his hand in the opening round against Vancouver.

He, along with Andrew Desjardins and Bracken Kearns, gave the Sharks plenty of energy — something defenseman Jason Demers failed to do when he played Game 5 as a forward and logged just 3:47 of ice time.

The Burish-Desjardins-Kearns line combined for four hits and six shots on goal with Burish going a perfect 4-for-4 in the faceoff circle.

Demers figures to be the odd man out tonight along with Tim Kennedy, who played Games 2 and 4 of the series.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    If the Sharks come out for 60 minutes and play a hard hitting, cycle game. They will win. They cannot let the kings out hit them and break into the zone easily. It is do or die sharks! Don’t disappoint!

  2. sharksman - May 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I would say that this is the end for Demers (at least playing for the sharks)

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Hope so, guys a liability

  3. sjsharks66 - May 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Good. Demers is terrible.

  4. nicoyashark - May 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    All we need now is the vets to play hard. It be great to so them score but as long as Joe and Pat set the tone the rest of the team will follow.

  5. The Hockey Fan - May 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    If they play like they do at home they will win. Notice how most of the highlights of physical play and getting infront of the goalkeeper for the sharks is at home. Play that way in LA and you win.

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