Nieto’s injury could allow Wingels to return for Sharks

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Matt Nieto wasn’t able to practice with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, opening the door for Tommy Wingels to possibly return to the lineup.

Wingels wouldn’t exactly get a chance to ease back in, as the Sharks face the Nashville Predators in a Game 7 on Thursday.

The veteran forward seems aware of what he’d need to bring to the table if Nieto can’t go, as he told CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz.

“If I’m back in tomorrow, use my speed, create some scoring chances, be physical, get in on the forecheck – all the little things that hopefully make the team successful and win the game,” Wingels said.

Wingels would likely line up with Dainius Zubrus and Nick Spaling if he plays.