The Sharks have won seven straight games and they may be even better on the ice Saturday night against Edmonton as they will get two players back off the injured list.
Both Jody Shelley and Brad Staubitz have been sidelined for a while, but their return is a great sign for the club as they prepare for the season’s second half.
“I’ve been waiting,” said Shelley. “It’s been eight weeks.”
“I’m pretty excited,” said Staubitz. “I came to the rink this morning and found out I would be in the lineup.”
Hockey players simply want to play and being on the sideline for the extended time is usually more difficult than dealing with the injury.
“It’s tough to watch,” said Shelley. “It’s just how it is. I’ve served my time so to speak. The guys are who are injured push and try to feel they are part of the group.”
“It was tough,” said Staubitz. “I haven’t been out with an injury like this.”
The players liked what they saw from their teammates while they were out of commission.
“I think our team really developed and got an identity,” said Staubitz. “It’s a different game to watch from the bird’s eye view (the press box).”
The Sharks will be without Manny Malhotra for the Edmonton contest.
“Manny is a little banged up with a lower body injury and will be evaluated day to day,” said McLellan.
The Sharks sent Frazer McLaren and Jason Demers
back to Worcester of the American Hockey League.
The Edmonton contest Saturday night will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets can be found at ticketmaster.com. The game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.