Veteran Steve Montador was placed on injured reserve Friday with an upper-body injury suffered during Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche and fellow blueliner Niklas Hjalmarsson is also sidelined with an upper-body injury that will keep him out at least through the weekend.
Replacing Montador and Hjalmarsson will be rookie Dylan Olsen, who was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League early Friday, and veteran Sami Lepisto.
Lepisto has been a healthy scratch the last 15 games and hasn't played since Jan. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers.
"You start to think a little bit like, 'what's going on?,' " Lepisto said about sitting so long. "You're still not in and the team is not doing very well. That's Coach's choice. I'm excited about (playing Friday). Hopefully, I can help the team."
Lepisto and Olsen will be thrown right into the fire for a team that has lost six consecutive games overall and its last eight on the road. Lepisto has appeared in 11 of the Hawks' 55 games this season and plans to keep things simple in his return.
"It's been a while--I don't even know how long," Lepisto said. "I'll just try to do my job and not too much and just go easy. It's been a rough patch. We want to play simple and play it period by period and go from there."
One-timers: Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Hawks and will be opposed by former teammate Antti Niemi for the Sharks. ... Veteran Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle will play after missing San Jose's last game with the flu.