Joe Thornton is set to return to the San Jose Sharks.
The 39-year-old forward has missed the past nine games because of an infection in his right knee. Doctors cleared him to return for Tuesday's game against the visiting New York Rangers.
"I'm still going to be on some antibiotics, but it looks like (the infection) is on its way out," Thornton said after the Sharks' morning skate in comments published by the San Jose Mercury News.
The knee has caused problems for Thornton, a six-time All-Star who ranks 20th in NHL history with 1,495 games played. Thornton tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in January and missed the final 35 games of the regular season. He returned for training camp and appeared in the first two games this season before an infection caused swelling in the knee.
Thornton has 397 career goals and 1,428 career points. He entered Tuesday with one assist in two games this season.
"I feel great," he said. "I've been watching a lot of hockey lately, so to play is going to be fun.
"I'll probably be a little tired the first game, but I'll be fine."
--Field Level Media
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