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Jumbo Joe is good to go: Sharks get Thornton back for Game 3

Calgary Flames v San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 20: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks gets ready for a face off against the Calgary Flames at SAP Center on December 20, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joe Thornton

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The San Jose Sharks managed to split the first two games in Edmonton, but there’s no doubt that they’re elated to have Joe Thornton back for Game 3 against the Oilers.

“Jumbo Joe” has been sidelined since April 2 with a knee/lower-body issue. He’s back tonight as the series shifts to the Shark Tank for a pivotal contest.

Interestingly, the Sharks are placing Thornton back into the lineup in place of speedy (but hot-and-cold) winger Mikkel Boedker.

So, the Sharks get bigger, more bearded and more experienced ... though the speed disparity, at times, could be quite glaring when a (possibly hobbled) Thornton is out there with Connor McDavid.
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The Oilers have good injury news of their own, too, as Oscar Klefbom is good to go.