With the injury to Andy McDonald
, it looks like Evgeny Grachev
could grab the assignment of playing in his spot, between David Backes
and Jamie Langenbrunner
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting Grachev and Chris Porter
will be in the lineup tonight, but noted that Grachev displayed a bit of positive chemistry playing with Backes and Langenbrunner in the preseason.
The big lineup decision for the Sharks could be in net, where there's a chance Antti Niemi
could make his season debut. Niemi hasn't played this season, but was the backup to Thomas Greiss
in last night's 1-0 win against the Ducks.
"Nemo (Niemi) is available to us and we'll make a decision before the game," Sharks coach Todd McLellan
told David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News.