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Sharks likely to get centerman back for game vs. Kings

SAN JOSE — Coach Pete DeBoer said he’s optimistic that Tomas Hertl will be able to play Friday afternoon when the Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center.

DeBoer said Friday morning that it “looks promising” that Hertl, who has missed the last four games with lower body injury, will rejoin the lineup. Before his injury, Hertl had 21 points in 22 games.

The Sharks are also going back to using 12 forwards and six defensemen for Friday’s game, as they try to bounce back from Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Using 11 forwards and seven defensemen, the Sharks were 3-1-0 with overtime wins over Vegas, the New York Islanders and Kings.