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Ribeiro back for Predators in Game 5

Forward was scratched past two games; Zubrus in for Sharks

by Shawn P, Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

SAN JOSE -- Nashville Predators veteran forward Mike Ribeiro returned to the lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Ribeiro was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4, replaced by rookie left wing Pontus Aberg.

Aberg, who made his NHL debut in Game 3, played 4:59 in Nashville's 4-3 victory in triple overtime of Game 4. He did not see the ice after the second period. 

Ribeiro will most likely center the third line, flanked by right wing Calle Jarnkrok and left wing Viktor Arvidsson.

Ribeiro has one assist and a minus-3 rating in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games this season.

The Sharks made a change to their fourth line, using veteran center Dainius Zubrus in place of Tommy Wingels. This is the first appearance for Zubrus in the 2016 playoffs; the Sharks used the same lineup for their first nine games. Wingels had one goal and a plus-2 rating in nine playoff appearances.

The best-of-7 series is tied at 2-2.

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