Sharks face Islanders with a chance to win fifth straight
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According to David Pollak of Working The Corners and Kevin Kurz of CSN's Sharks Talk, Thomas Greiss will be in net tonight for San Jose. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan also hinted at some other changes that may occur as well, as he cited "fresh legs" as being a reason to mix up his lineup:
Thomas Greiss gets the start tonight for the Sharks, and Todd McLellan said he has some other lineup changes in mind without disclosing who plays and who sits other than saying some "fresh legs" would be out there.
But looking at the stat sheet last night, it’s pretty clear he wasn’t happy with Benn Ferriero’s or Jamie McGinn’s performance on the third lines as both played less than six minutes — only a little less than Andrew Desjardins. But fourth line forwards Andrew Murray (12:25) and Brad Winchester (10:20) just about doubled that.
Torrey Mitchell is an obvious candidate to return tonight after missing the past four games, other than those first 59 seconds against New Jersey. The only other fresh legs would appear to belong to Frazer McLaren, who started the season as a non-roster player, but has been practicing with the team on this road trip.
We haven't been impressed with Brad Winchester's game thus far this season, but considering he was a player who saw minutes in the third period last night while McGinn, Desjardins, and Ferriero sat, it doesn't look like he will be the odd man out when McLellan submits his final lineup. Unless "fresh legs" literally means "fresh legs", in which case McGinn and Ferriero will definitely be in the lineup*.
*That's a playing time joke.
Mitchell's likely return will likely put him on the third line, where he had a lot of success this season before being injured in San Jose's 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. He's shown a lot of speed thus far this season, and has given opposing teams trouble playing alongside center Michal Handzus.
In former Sharks news, Evgeni Nabokov will not be in net tonight as he is dealing with a day to day injury. David Pollak had an excellent sit-down interview with him earlier today that can be found here.
Use this thread to discuss the game tonight.
Prediction: Sharks win 4-2. Goals by Pavelski and McGinn (x3)-- I predicted a Ginner hat-trick yesterday, so I'm sticking with it even if he ends up in the press box (where his exposure to Cortexiphan as a youngster allows him to alter the trajectory of pucks from afar). Fear The Fin writes the best recap ever following the game.