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Karlsson won't play in next two games for Sharks

Defenseman out with lower-body injury, could participate in All-Star Game

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Erik Karlsson will miss the next two games for the San Jose Sharks because of a lower-body injury, but coach Peter DeBoer would not rule the defenseman out of the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game in San Jose on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Karlsson was scratched in a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday after taking part in pregame warmups and won't play against the Florida Panthers on Monday or the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

"I just want to get him healthy, so if he's healthy enough, I would hope he'll play (in the All-Star Game)," DeBoer said. "And I know he would play. Let's cross our fingers and hope that he's healthy enough to play."

Karlsson, who was acquired by the Sharks in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Sept. 13, 2018, is tied for second on San Jose with 43 points (three goals, 40 assists) in 47 games this season, behind defenseman Brent Burns (52), and has played in five All-Star Games, including in each of the past three.

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