» IN­JURED SHARKS COULD RE­TURN SOON

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Cur­tis Pashelka

SAN JOSE — For­ward Melker Karls­son is out for Satur­day’s game against the New York Is­lan­ders and de­fense­man Radim Simek is con­sid­ered day-to-day af­ter both play­ers were both in­jured in the Sharks’ 2-1 over­time win over the Ve­gas Golden Knights.

Karls­son has an up­per body in­jury, pos­si­bly caused by a hit from Golden Knights winger Ryan Reaves at the 8:26 mark of the se­cond pe­riod of Thurs­day’s game at T-Mo­bile Arena. Karls­son took a reg­u­lar shift for the rest of the pe­riod, but had just one shift early in the third be­fore he left the game.

Simek has a lower body in­jury, which ap­peared to be caused by a low hit from To­mas Nosek in the corner to the right of Sharks goalie Aaron Dell with 17:00 left in reg­u­la­tion time. Simek left the ice and did not take an­other shift.

Sharks coach Pete De­Boer said Friday he did not know if Simek’s in­jury has any­thing to do with his sur­gi­cally re­paired right knee, but added the mal­ady is in that area. Simek tore the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate and me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ments and his menis­cus in March and just re­turned to the Sharks’ ac­tive ros­ter Nov. 5.

The Sharks dressed 11 for­wards and seven de­fense­men for Thurs­day’s game, which ended with Lo­gan Cou­ture’s break­away goal with 1:40 left in over­time. Dell made 37 saves in the win, which lifted the Sharks’ record to 11-11-1.

The Sharks are 7-1-0 with Simek in the lineup, as the Czech­born de­fense­man has a goal and three as­sists and is av­er­ag­ing over 18 min­utes of ice time per game since his re­turn.

To­mas Hertl, who missed

Thurs­day’s game with a lower body in­jury, is also day-to-day, De­Boer said. Hertl, who was in­jured in the last two min­utes of Tues­day’s game against Ed­mon­ton, skated briefly Friday af­ter the team had an op­tional prac­tice. Hertl also skated Thurs­day.

De­Boer said the Sharks, as of early Friday af­ter­noon, were wait­ing for more med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on Simek and Hertl be­fore they de­cide to re­call any­one from the Bar­racuda. The Sharks fin­ished Thurs­day’s game with 10 for­wards and six de­fense­men.

Bar­clay Goodrow started Thurs­day’s game in Hertl’s place as the Sharks’ se­cond line cen­ter. He had one shot on goal, but won 10 of 19 face­offs and played a sea­son-high 18:33.

“I thought Bar­clay was ex­cel­lent,” De­Boer said. “He did so many lit­tle things dur­ing that game, be­tween face­offs and lit­tle plays de­fen­sively. He was skat­ing well, was hard, phys­i­cal. I thought it was one of his best games.”

Suomela’s sea­son de­but —

De­Boer was also pleased with Antti Suomela’s first game with the Sharks this sea­son. Suomela played just 6:03 but showed a bit more phys­i­cal­ity than he had in the past, par­tic­u­larly on one se­quence with just over six min­utes left in the first pe­riod.

Suomela chipped the puck in across the Golden Knights’ blue line and cre­ated a turnover on the end boards with a forecheck on de­fense­man Jon Mer­rill. The puck later went out to the blue line, where Bren­den Dil­lon’s shot was redi­rected by Suomela in the high slot into the Ve­gas net.

Af­ter a Golden Knights chal­lenge, though, it was ruled that Timo Meier had im­paired Mar­cAn­dre Fleury’s abil­ity to stop the puck when he made con­tact with the Golden Knights goalie on the edge of the crease.

“That was a good shift,” Suomela said. “Coaches say I have to be a good for­ward one, get good pres­sure on their de­fense. It worked yesterday but I want to do the same (Satur­day) too.”

BROOKE LAVAL­LEY/TRIBUNE NEWS SER­VICE

The Blue Jack­ets' Ri­ley Nash (20) looks for a pass while the San Jose Sharks' Radim Simek (51) pa­trols the front of the net in Colum­bus, Ohio, on Feb. 23.

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