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Posted On Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 4:53 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Wingels retains spot on Sharks' top line

SAN JOSE -- It was midway through the second period of the San Jose Sharks' 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night when coach Todd McLellan began shuffling lines, looking for a spark.

Tommy Wingels jumped from the third line to the top line, trading places with Tyler Kennedy. Wingels joined center Joe Thornton and rookie forward Tomas Hertl. Wingels went on to score a third-period goal, as did Hertl and Kennedy.

Not surprisingly, McLellan will stick with the new-look lines that worked so well Tuesday when the Sharks play the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at SAP Center at San Jose.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 5:13 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks' Burns making progress in recovery

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks injured forward Brent Burns will miss his seventh straight game Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, but he took another step forward in his recovery from a head injury.

Burns took part in the Sharks' morning skate at SAP Center at San Jose, going through team drills for the first time in 16 days.

Burns was injured Oct. 12 against the Ottawa Senators when he was hit in the face by a high-stick by goaltender Robin Lehner, losing a number of teeth. Burns played three more games but has been sidelined since Oct. 19.

"That's a great step," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Burns' return to team drills. "I don't know if you're going to qualify it as little or big, but getting closer, feeling better, back out there with his teammates. I didn't know who he was when he came out because he doesn't look the same, but it's nice to see him out there."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 4:43 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Defenseman Boyle back in Sharks lineup

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle will return to the lineup Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes after missing seven games with a concussion.

Boyle hasn't played since being knocked out Oct. 15 during a game against the St. Louis Blues. Maxim Lapierre hit Boyle from behind and sent him face-first into the boards.

Boyle has been skating for 10 days and took part in two regular practices during that span. He said he feels 100 percent healthy, but he hasn't taken a real hit since being injured.

"I was pretty lucky," Boyle said after the Sharks' morning skate. "It was a pretty scary incident, but the symptoms were pretty mild. I think it's important for me to get out there and get involved physically early, hopefully, and try and put that image that I have behind me."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 5:02 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flames' Ramo hoping for better results this time out

SAN JOSE -- Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo will make his second start of the season and face the San Jose Sharks for the second time in his career Saturday at SAP Center (10 p.m. ET, CBC).

Ramo can only hope the outcome is better than in his Flames debut and in his first career start against San Jose.

Ramo gave up four goals in a season-opening 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals and then backed up Joey MacDonald for the next five games. Ramo allowed seven goals on 42 shots in a 7-1 loss to Sharks at San Jose on Jan. 13, 2009, when he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ramo won't be able to ease back into action after his five-game layoff. He'll face a 6-0-1 Sharks team that leads the NHL in goals with 33 and in goals per game at 4.71.

"Everyone is ready to go," Flames coach Bob Hartley said after his team's morning skate. "We work hard every day. Karri Ramo has played very well in training camp, played well in Washington, then Joey MacDonald got us on a roll. So hopefully Karri Ramo can do the same thing as [MacDonald]."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 4:58 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Spezza returns to Ottawa lineup

SAN JOSE -- Captain Jason Spezza will return to the lineup after missing one game with a groin injury, and backup goaltender Robin Lehner will make his first start of the season Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators face the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

Spezza, who sat out Ottawa's 4-3 overtime loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Kings, centered the top line with Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan during the Senators morning skate. He skated Thursday and practiced with the team in San Jose on Friday.

"I've had two really good practice days," Spezza said. "We skated pretty hard on the off day then had a good practice day yesterday. No ill effects, so I imagine hopefully it will be somewhat smooth sailing from here on in.

"I feel like it's behind me, but I'll feel better after getting through the first game. Then you get some confidence in it, but we've skated hard on it, so I'm pretty confident that it's all gone."

Spezza has more goals (229), assists (393) and points (622) than any other current Senator. Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said Spezza has been "one of the best players in the League for a while" and his return makes the Senators a "much better team, a much deeper team and a more dangerous team."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 3:40 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks defenseman Stuart set for season debut

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks veteran defenseman Brad Stuart will make his debut Tuesday night against the New York Rangers after missing every preseason game and the first two regular-season games with a lower-body injury.

"I feel good," Stuart said after the Sharks' morning skate at the SAP Center. "Feel as good as I can without having played a game. That's the next step. I'm excited just to be able to get out there.

"Obviously it's going to be a bit of an adjustment for me going from just practicing to having to play in a game. Try to use my experience and try to get up to speed as quick as I can."


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Posted On Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 4:30 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Canucks hope any mistakes are "over-aggressive"

SAN JOSE -- The Vancouver Canucks have had less than a month to learn new coach John Tortorella's systems and adjust to his demands for a faster, more aggressive style of play.

Ready or not, the new-look Canucks will face their first real test Thursday against the San Jose Sharks (10 p.m. ET, TSN), the team that swept them out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round last season.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 4:28 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sharks' Demers thrilled to be paired with Hannan

SAN JOSE -- Brad Stuart has been practicing but won't be ready to play when the San Jose Sharks open their season with a home game against the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET, TSN).

With Stuart out, Jason Demers will be paired with Scott Hannan.

"I love playing with him," Demers said of Hannan. "I like his style. He makes the right play, and I always know where he is. He looks to keep it loose out there like me. We have a nice chemistry."


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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 6:35 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Havlat, Stuart sidelined as Sharks open camp

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat has been skating on his own for weeks but he wasn't cleared to practice Thursday when the team opened training camp and there is no timetable for his return.

Havlat had bilateral pelvic floor reconstruction surgery in early June. He was injured in the first period of the Sharks' Stanley Cup Playoff opener against the Vancouver Canucks. Havlat came back for Game 3 in the next round against the Los Angeles Kings but was reinjured in the first period, ending his season.

Havlat said he's feeling pretty good but doesn't know when he'll be cleared to practice.

"We'll see," Havlat said. "Right now we're working together with the medical team. We're doing everything as fast as we can [to] be back with the boys again."

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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 3:45 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Healthy Burish eager for second season with Sharks

SAN JOSE -- Forward Adam Burish reported to training camp on Thursday with a healthy right hand and hopes of having a stronger second season with the San Jose Sharks.

Burish broke the hand last May in Game 4 against the Vancouver Canucks, when the Sharks completed a first-round sweep.

"All good. The hand's good," Burish said after his first training camp practice. "I feel great. Nothing to tell you about. It's all good. "I just kind of let it heal. I did a little bit of therapy with the hand. I did some hand therapy stuff. Other than that, I just kind of let it heal and tried to get some grip strength stuff back, but all good."

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