SAN JOSE – Ryane Clowe will return to the lineup on Wednesday against Anahiem, when the Sharks open up a season-long seven-game homestand at HP Pavilion.
Clowe, a subject of rampant trade speculation as the April 3 deadline approaches, has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury from the first period of a game in Los Angeles on March 16. He took a hard hit from Drew Doughty early in that game.
“I feel good,” Clowe said. “It probably would have felt pretty good last game (Monday in Anaheim), but I just needed a couple extra skates with the road trip and with the days off. An extra day of good hard skating was probably what I needed. I had a little skate yesterday, and feel good today.”
Todd McLellan said: “He’s excited about it, and we’re excited about having him back.”
Signs point to Clowe skating on the wing with Joe Pavelski and TJ Galiardi on the Sharks’ third line. On Monday in Anaheim, the Pavelski-Galiardi-James Sheppard line generated two goals and 11 shots in a 5-3 win, but indications are that Sheppard will be bumped down to the fourth line. Adam Burish is the most likely candidate to come out in place of Clowe.
“I like the way we played the last couple of games, the competitiveness,” McLellan said. “Scoring a few more goals in Anaheim was nice, but we have to find a place that fits well for Ryane and the team right now, and we just feel that’s his spot right now.”
Clowe is still looking for his first goal. In 25 games, he has nine assists and a team-high 72 penalty minutes.
In other injury news, goalie Thomas Greiss continues to skate with the Sharks, but Alex Stalock will dress as Antti Niemi’s backup. Greiss has missed the last nine games with a neck injury.
“Obviously, going in the right direction,” McLellan said of Greiss.