Programming note: Sharks-Flames coverage gets under way tonight at 6 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California.
CALGARY - Thomas Greiss will start for the first time in nearly a month when the Sharks play the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night at the Saddledome.
It will be his first action since San Jose dropped a 6-2 decision in Columbus on Feb. 11. Antti Niemi has played the previous nine games in full, including Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win in Vancouver.
Greiss is 1-2-0 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
Todd McLellan said: “We knew we had to get Thomas back in at some point, and give Nemo a bit of a breather. Although, I think Nemo could play every game until the end of the year and be fine, but it’s important that we get Thomas going. Tonight is his opportunity.”
Greiss, who has never played against the Flames, will oppose Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff, who was activated off of injured reserve on Wednesday morning after missing the last 13 games with a knee injury. Kiprusoff is 15-13-3 in his career against San Jose, with a 2.81 goals-against average.
The Sharks were delayed getting into Calgary. Rather than fly in immediately after the game in Vancouver on Tuesday, the team had to stay an extra night in British Columbia. The charter landed at approximately 11:30 a.m.
“Zero excuses. Don’t even ask me after the game if it had an effect on the outcome,” McLellan said.
Tommy Wingels skated again on Wednesday and is getting “close,” McLellan said, but he’s still on injured reserve.
Brent Burns, on injured reserve with a left leg injury, has not started skating yet despite traveling with the team.