With the Sharks and the Lightning set to face each other on Thursday night in Tampa, here are the links you need to read before the game:NIEMI BACK IN GOAL, KUBINA OUT FOR TAMPA
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina will not dress against the Sharks -- or any other opponent -- while the organization looks to trade the veteran defenseman. He also noted that it will be Antti Niemi
against Dwayne Roloson in goal.
[ Working the Corners
]WINGELS ON SECOND LINE
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Tommy Wingels
will start tonight's game alongside Logan Couture
and Ryane Clowe
on San Jose's second line.
[ Sharks Talk
]STALOCK: THRILLED TO BE BACK ON THE ICE
Mercury news reporter Mark Emmons tracks Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock
's rehabilitation, a journey that has taken him from Stockton, California back to Worcester, Massachusetts the season after a freak injury nearly ended his career.
[ Mercury News
]SEXSMITH: A CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF
Sports writer Steve Ewen with a feature on Tyson Sexsmith
-- the 2007 Memorial Cup winning goaltender with the Vancouver Giants and 2012 AHL All-Star Game starter from the Worcester Sharks -- on his stellar season.
[ The Province
]BEHIND ENEMY LINES
TampaBayLightning.com writer Brittany Zion checks in with her 'What to Expect at the Game' blog, noting that Thursday night's game is Star Wars Night. All fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.
]YZERMAN HINTING AT MOVES TO COME
Tampa Bay Times beat writer Damian Cristodero reported in this morning's print edition that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has been hinting at moving some players at the NHL's Trade Deadline at the end of this month.
]SHARKS AND LIGHTNING PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Matthew Mankiewich previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.