April 7, 2012 11:30 am

Sharks skate update

The Sharks have completed their morning skate, and they will return a familiar face to the lineup, as former Kings center Michal Handzus will replace Torrey Mitchell. Mitchell is out because of the hit he took from Colin Fraser in Thursday’s game. Handzus had been recovering from an injury. He returned and played three games but had been scratched from the previous three games. Here’s what Sharks coach Todd McLellan said about Handzus’ return tonight…

MCLELLAN: “We liked the way our four lines were playing. We liked the energy that we had from them. That kept Michal out of the lineup. It also gave him some time to heal. Now, him drawing an assignment to come in and play tonight, there are two things that it gives us. It gives us a big body and it gives us a faceoff guy, which we were poor in in L.A. for most of the game. It gives us a guy that can penalty kill and play on the power play, and it also gives him an opportunity to get his game together, at least once, before the playoff start.”

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