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At the Rink: Sharks at Panthers

by Staff

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl was back on the top line Tuesday at the morning skate prior to the game at BB&T Center against the Florida Panthers, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Hertl skated with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and Matt Nieto was moved onto a line with James Sheppard and Tyler Kennedy.

"We think Tomas has worked hard, he's had chemistry with those two in the past and worked his way back into that opportunity, and he'll get it [Tuesday]," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said, according to the Mercury News. "I think Nieto and Kennedy can add a lot of speed to Sheppard's line. That's the thought process behind it. Will it work? We'll see."

Hertl has one goal and four points in the past four games after an eight-game stretch in which he had one assist.

The Panthers will host their Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, with United States Army Brigadier General (retired) Pete Dawkins dropping the ceremonial first puck before the start of the game.

Here are the projected lineups:


Tomas HertlJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski

Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureTommy Wingels

Matt NietoJames SheppardTyler Kennedy

Barclay GoodrowAndrew DesjardinsAdam Burish

Marc-Edouard VlasicBrent Burns

Mirco MuellerJustin Braun

Scott HannanJason Demers

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

Injured: Mike Brown (hand), Raffi Torres (knee)


Tomas KopeckyAleksander BarkovScottie Upshall

Jonathan HuberdeauNick BjugstadBrad Boyes

Jussi JokinenVincent TrocheckJimmy Hayes

Tomas FleischmannDerek MacKenzieShawn Thornton

Willie MitchellAaron Ekblad

Brian CampbellColby Robak

Dylan OlsenErik Gudbranson

Roberto Luongo

Al Montoya

Injured: Dave Bolland (lower body), Brandon Pirri (concussion), Sean Bergenheim (lower body), Dmitry Kulikov (lower body)

Status report: McLellan also changed up his defensive pairs, splitting up Vlasic and Braun. "When things don't go well, normally up front they change the lines, and on the back end they're doing the same thing. They've changed before," Vlasic said according to the Mercury News. … Bergenheim took part in the Panthers morning skate, but won't play Tuesday according to the Miami Herald.

Who's hot: Pavelski comes off a two-goal game and has five points in as many games. … Bjugstad has goals in consecutive games and Upshall comes off a two-goal, three-point game against the Calgary Flames.

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