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Couture progressing, nearing return to practice with Sharks

Forward has been out since Jan. 7 with fractured ankle, says rehab 'going well'

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Logan Couture is progressing from an ankle injury and could return to practice with the San Jose Sharks this week.

Couture, a forward, has not played since he was injured during a 3-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 7.

"When I'm healthy and the doctors give me the OK, I'll be back," Couture told NBCSCA during the Sharks game against the Florida Panthers at SAP Center on Monday. "I'm a hockey player, this is my job. I love it and I miss it."

Couture was expected to be out approximately six weeks at the time of the injury. Tuesday marks six weeks.

"It's going well," Couture said of his rehab. "I've been skating, I've been working out and I have a test [Tuesday] to see if I can get back to practicing with the guys."

Couture, who is in his first season as Sharks captain, led them with 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 45 games at the time of the injury.

San Jose has gone 7-6-0 without Couture and entered Monday 26-28-4, 10 points behind the Arizona Coyotes, for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (knee) and defenseman Erik Karlsson (thumb) are out for the remainder of the season.

"It's been nice to see us play hard and play the right way," Couture said. "I'm definitely proud of the way they've battled. The guys in that room, we've lost some players and everyone's played very, very hard."

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