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Marc-Edouard Vlasic will play for Sharks against Kings

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic confirmed Monday he will be in the Sharks' lineup when they open their first-round playoff series Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

What It Means:

Vlasic missed San Jose's final 12 regular-season games because of a knee injury. On Monday, he went all out in the Sharks' practice alongside his regular defensive partner, Justin Braun. "I'm looking forward to playing," Vlasic said. "Took the time to heal properly and now I'm ready to go."

Vlasic's 52.2 Corsi For Percentage and -0.5 Relative Corsi For Percentage at Even Strength are both below his career averages. He totaled 8 goals and 31 assists in 67 games.