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Karlsson out for Sharks opener against Golden Knights

Defenseman scratched for personal matter, replaced by Heed

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Erik Karlsson was scratched for the San Jose Sharks season opener against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday because of a personal matter.

The defenseman was replaced in the lineup by defenseman Tim Heed.

The Sharks were also without forward Evander Kane, who is serving a three-game suspension for physical abuse of an official.

San Jose lost 4-1. The teams play again Friday.

Karlsson is in his second season with the Sharks after playing the previous nine with the Ottawa Senators. A two-time Norris Trophy winner, he had 45 points (three goals, 42 assists) in 53 games last season.

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