LOS ANGELES -- Looking to close out their series with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night, the Sharks might be facing an opponent with a new look on its top line.

A lot of misdirection takes place at this time of the year on both sides, but Kings coach Darryl Sutter moved Dustin Brown up from the third line and had him skating alongside Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik in the morning skate.

Meanwhile, the Sharks had Joe Pavelski back at left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, though in Game 3 it was Tomas Hertl taking the bulk of the shifts there.

"I hope he gives a little bit of size and power," Sutter said of Brown. "I think when we play against Thornton, we've had trouble with the size of Burns and Thornton quite honestly."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said that from his perspective, Thornton and Burns were just doing what they have been all season.

"Burnzie's somewhat reckless, which enhances his ability to play," McLellan said. "He's a big body that goes. Jumbo's always been 6-foot-4 for the I don't know last however many years. Those are two guys that have to lead us now. They really have to step up and make sure our team is ready to play. We're counting on them and I think they'll get the job done."

Burns has two goals and an assist. He also leads the Sharks this series in both shots (16) and hits (20) — both of which play to his strengths, according to McLellan.

"If he wasn't at our near the top we'd obviously have concerns -- he wouldn't have the puck, he wouldn't be involved physically," McLellan said.

A win Thursday night and the Sharks get needed rest before playing the winner of the series between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars, now tied at 2-2. If the Sharks lose, they come home for Game 5 at SAP Center at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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