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Logan Couture, Joe Thornton of Sharks day to day

San Jose centers practice, status for Game 1 against Oilers in question

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks centers Logan Couture and Joe Thornton each practiced on Monday but their status for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; USA, SN TVA Sports, NBCS CA) is unknown.

"They're day to day, they're on the ice, they're skating," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We'll see tomorrow and we'll keep taking those steps. There's no plan here. There's nothing I can tell you guys that you don't see that's right in front of you."

Couture went through an entire practice Monday for the first time since being hit in the mouth by a deflected puck on March 25 against the Nashville Predators. He centered the top line -- Thornton's typical spot -- between Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson.

Thornton practiced for the first time since injuring his left knee on March 4 against the Vancouver Canucks but skated with the extra forwards and left 40 minutes into the 75-minute practice.

Couture continued wearing a full cage to protect his face and said he expects to do so when he plays a game. He did not take contact on the ice, but skated hard for the full practice.

"In my mind I wish I could have played right after it happened," Couture said. "I don't know what's going to happen going forward. I'm still, I guess you could say, day to day. We'll go from there. If the game was today I don't know if I would play. If it was tomorrow, I don't know. So we'll see."

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Couture has been skating on his own for about a week and is not sure how he would react to a hard hit. He lost multiple teeth and has had extensive dental work since the injury.

"It's' not completely healed," Couture said. "It's going to take a long time for my face to completely heal. So anything to the face, it could possibly hurt it again. Who knows? I'm wearing as protective of gear as you can possibly wear and trying to be careful."

Pavelski said he felt comfortable skating with Couture.

"Last year we had a few games together," Pavelski said. "It's nice for us. We've been on the power play for the last six, seven years together. We see that kind of time together. Obviously 5-on-5 is a little different but I really like his game. He's always made players better. He's always worked hard."

If Couture plays in Game 1, he' likely would see plenty of time against center Connor McDavid, who led the NHL with 100 points and won the Art Ross Trophy.

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"You look at their offense, a lot of it comes off of the rush, especially the McDavid line," Couture said. "You can't turn the puck over against him."

San Jose lost the final three regular-season games against Edmonton after winning the first two.

"You know what, it's a matchup we don't mind, I don't think," Pavelski said. "They don't mind it either."

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