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Sheppard ailing, Gomez likely in for Sharks

Friday, 02.15.2013 / 1:42 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Sheppard ailing, Gomez likely in for Sharks

CHICAGO -- The San Jose Sharks will be without third-line forward James Sheppard when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at United Center.

Sheppard evidently got injured during an hour-long practice on Thursday in Chicago. San Jose might also have a lineup change coming on the back end, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan didn't specify what that might be.

"We'll look at inserting a new forward [for Sheppard],” McLellan said. "Potential change [on defense, as well]. We'll have to see after the skate how guys feel."

Scott Gomez will likely draw the assignment to replace Sheppard, while the defense situation is a little tougher to predict, not knowing which players will be re-evaluated after the skate.

Sheppard had played in seven straight games and has one assist in nine games.

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