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At the Rink blog

Mitchell 'very close' to returning for San Jose

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 3:21 PM

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

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Mitchell 'very close' to returning for San Jose
DETROIT -- San Jose Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell skated this morning here at Joe Louis Arena, but it doesn't look like he'll make a return to the lineup tonight against the Red Wings.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said his third line -- where Mitchell had been slotted at left wing before sustaining an upper-body injury last week -- most likely will be comprised of Jamie McGinn, Michal Handzus and Benn Ferriero.

Mitchell, who has missed the last two games, apparently is making good headway in his recovery.

"He's very close," McLellan said.
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