Out of a pickle: Sharks get Vlasic back

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The San Jose Sharks have a challenge in bottling up the Tampa Bay Lightning attack on Sunday, but they appear to be getting a defensive reinforcement.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic appears ready to return to the lineup, prompting the demotion of Dylan¬†DeMelo, according to CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz.

Vlasic, 27, has missed four straight games with an upper-body injury. While his scoring totals are generally modest (17 points in 52 games this season), he’s enough of a defensive stalwart to earn an Olympic nod. Many would agree that he’s the Sharks’ best defensive defenseman.

This won’t necessarily make facing Tampa Bay a cakewalk, but they’ll at least be easier to manage.