PITTSBURGH — The San Jose Sharks fielded plenty of questions about Pittsburgh’s speed following their Game 1 loss in the Stanley Cup Final.
Now, the Sharks have an answer.
Matt Nieto, one of San Jose’s quickest skaters and described as a “speed guy” by head coach Peter DeBoer, will draw back into the lineup for Game 2.
Nieto has been out since Game 6 of the Nashville series with an upper-body injury, and missed the last eight games.
While nothing’s official yet, it looks like Dainius Zubrus — at 37, the Sharks’ oldest skater — will come out of the lineup.
Before the injury, Nieto was on the third line with Chris Tierney and Joel Ward, but it remains to be seen if that group will be reunited. Last game Melker Karlsson played the wing with Tierney and Ward, while Zubrus skated with Nick Spaling and Tommy Wingels.
In his pregame presser, DeBoer said line combos would be a gametime decision.