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After their brief two-game dalliance with Western Conference rivals, the Sharks again face an Eastern Conference opponent for Wednesday Night Rivalry. The Tampa Bay Lightning visit San Jose while boasting a league-leading record and impressive offensive numbers.
The Sharks, for their part, have a four-game win streak, with the most recent coming in a thrilling shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
The streak is in large part due to Martin Jones, who has allowed only two goals or fewer in his past 8 starts - a stat that in part earned him this week's NHL Third Star of the Week honors. As the likely starter, Jones will be tested by the league's most potent offense - the Lightning average 3.87 goals per game, while the Sharks are 21st in the league at 2.69.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic's participation at practice was encouraging, but whether he would play or not on Wednesday was not confirmed as of Tuesday. Paul Martin, however, remains out. With the play of first-year defensemen Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan, the Sharks don't need to rush either defenseman back.
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Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Thorton were both on ice this morning. Thornton who took a "maintenance day" yesterday was in full participation. Vlasic is coming off a concussion protocol and still remains a gametime decision as mentioned by Pete DeBoer this morning despite his activity with D partner Justin Braun at morning skate.
Jannik Hansen, who has been a healthy scratch the past six games, will make a return to the Sharks lineup tonight.
Video: Hansen speaks pregame vs TB on 11/8
Video: DeBoer Speaks Pregame vs Tampa Bay on 11/8