The Tampa Bay Lightning (14-16-2) VS The San Hose Sharks (17-10-3). Both teams have been struggling in recent weeks, and are coming off of a two game winning streak. Both teams have injuries to key players, and have call-ups geared up and waiting for their chance to take the big ice. This will be the first of two meetings this year. The first in the shark tank, the second in hockey paradise.
Both The Tampa Bay Lightning and The San Jose Sharks have seen their ups and downs this season. With uncertain recent weeks behind them, both teams head into tonight’s game in San Jose coming off of back to back wins.
Marty St. Louis traveled with the Lightning for the first time since his injury. He practiced, but is not likely to return until after Christmas. Also not expected back until after the holiday is defenseman Matt Gilroy, who is day to day with a lower body injury. It’s not certain when the Alaskan Assassin, Nate Thompson, will return to the ice either. He suffers a lower body injury as well. Mattias Ohlund continues to be on the injured reserve list as he recovers from knee surgery. Tampa has called up Evan Oberg and JT Wyman from Norfolk. Wyman will most likely play tonight. Though Oberg has been practicing hard according to head coach Guy Boucher, he is not expected to skate tonight.
San Jose’s Doug Murray is day to day with an injured hand. On the injured reserve list is Jim Vandermeer with an upper body injury. Benn Ferriero was called up from Worchester to fill in for Martin Havlat who is out due to a ‘freak accident’ that occurred while he was trying to jump over the boards.
Steven Stamkos is leading the NHL in goals with 20. His 37 points has him placed 5th in the league.
Dan Boyle played with Tampa from 2001-2008. He was traded for Matt Carle, who was traded to Philadelphia for Steve Downie, and Ty Wishart, who was sent to NY for Dwayne Roloson from The Islanders.