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SAN JOSE – Tye McGinn will play his first game in the month of February, and Andrew Desjardins will get back into the lineup as the fourth line center when the Sharks host Ottawa on Saturday.
McGinn has been out since Jan. 31 with an upper body injury, while Desjardins has been a healthy scratch in three of the last seven games, including Thursday against Detroit.
“They play hard, and just like the rest of us in our organization, they’re fighting for their hockey lives,” said Todd McLellan, whose team is 0-5-2 in its last seven home games. “If they approach this game that way, that would be a great way of doing it. They would be hungry, and can be very effective.”
McGinn is a pending restricted free agent, while Desjardins is a pending unrestricted free agent.
They are both among several Sharks players that could be moved before Monday’s noon PST trade deadline.
“It happens every year,” said Desjardins, who has five goals and three assists in 55 games. “Everybody is kind of used to you guys talking about it (laughs). We kind of do the same thing, and we’re here to just do our jobs and to win games.”
McGinn, acquired from Philadelphia over the summer for a third round draft pick, has struggled in his first season with the Sharks. He has just one goal and four assists for five points in 32 games.
“Great opportunity to come back and play,” McLellan said, mentioning McGinn’s junior experience with the Ottawa 67’s. “I’m happy that he can make it back for this game, and excited about seeing him produce.”
One of either Barclay Goodrow or Tyler Kennedy is expected to round out San Jose’s fourth line against the Senators, who have won four in a row, including back-to-back shutouts of the Ducks and Kings.
Chris Tierney was reassigned to Worcester to make room for McGinn on the active roster.
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Mike Brown skated with his teammates on Saturday morning for the first time since breaking a bone in his right leg on Dec. 9.
He’s still unsure of a return date after experiencing a setback a couple weeks ago.
“It’s gradually getting better. We’ll just wait and see what’s going on with it. It was good to be able to skate with the guys today and get a little bit of adrenaline mixed in with the healing process,” Brown said.
“I wish I had a deadline of when I was going to be ready, but I don’t.”
Brown has played in just eight games this season. Earlier, he broke his middle finger in the second game of the season while blocking a shot, causing him to miss seven weeks.