MONTREAL – San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels took part in the morning skate and hopes to play against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Wingels left the Sharks' 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the first period after taking a hit in the corner from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.
Wingels, who has two goals and four assists in 10 games this season, took part in the skate Saturday with no restrictions and said afterwards he was "feeling good" but that no decision had been made in regards to his status.
"We'll make a decision here once he's reviewed by the doctors and the training staff," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "He skated today and he's feeling pretty good, so we're hoping he can play."
The Sharks will definitely be without forward Brent Burns, who returned to San Jose from Boston and did not make the trip to Montreal as he deals with his second mouth injury of the season after taking a stick in that area against Calgary on Oct. 19.
Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle skated with his teammates but is not ready to return to action after he was injured by a hit from Maxim Lapierre of the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 15. There is no timeline for Boyle's return. Lapierre was suspended five games for the hit.
The Canadiens shouldn't have any lineup changes from the group that defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Thursday.
The matchup in goal pits two hopefuls for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Antti Niemi of the Sharks against Carey Price of the Canadiens.
Here is what the lineup could like Saturday night, assuming Wingels is able to play:
Tyler Kennedy – Logan Couture – Patrick Marleau
Freddie Hamilton – Joe Thornton – Tomas Hertl
Matthew Nieto – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels
John McCarthy – Andrew Desjardins – Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Scott Hannan
Matt Irwin – Jason Demers
Scratched: James Sheppard
Injured: Brent Burns, Martin Havlat, Raffi Torres, Dan Boyle, Adam Burish
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Rene Bourque – David Desharnais – Travis Moen
Mike Blunden – Ryan White – Patrick Holland
Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban
Josh Gorges – Raphael Diaz
Nathan Beaulieu – Francis Bouillon
Scratched: Greg Pateryn
Injured: Brandon Prust, Max Pacioretty, Daniel Brière, George Parros, Douglas Murray, Alexei Emelin, Davis Drewiske