There was a bit of good news at Sharks Ice on Thursday. Sharks Captain Rob Blake used the practice to rejoin his teammates for a full skate.
For Blake, who has been out with an upper body injury since the November 4 contest in Columbus, the practice was a nice return to a more normal schedule.
“It was a nice little practice,” said Blake who began skating while his teammates were on the road. “It feels good and is coming along. It’s nice to be skating again.”
Blake offered a whimsical new slant on his upper body injury.
“It’s an upper body injury, above the chest and below the neck and on one side or the other,” quipped Blake.
As for the actual return, don’t look for the Sharks Captain to rejoin the starting roster for the upcoming games against Philadelphia and Anaheim.
“I’m close,” said Blake. “I don’t think it will be this weekend by any means.”
Blake is realistically looking at a return right around Thanksgiving.
“We have two games this week and then a break,” said Blake of the back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday.
Following the weekend set, San Jose won’t play until Wednesday at home before flying to Edmonton.
“I’ll get some good skates (with the team) and be ready to go,” said Blake. “Most likely (it will be Edmonton).”
Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan is ready for his blueliner to return to action and resume his leading role.
“He’s got some work to do,” said McLellan. “We sure hope it’s late next week.”
In other good news, McLellan noted that Jody Shelley might be on the same timetable.
“He might be on the same time frame as Blake,” said McLellan.
McLellan also said that Devin Setoguchi and Brad Staubitz would not be playing against Philadelphia due to injuries and that reinforcements would be coming from Worcester.
“We’ll have to recall some people,” said McLellan. “We’ll probably bring three.”
The Sharks will host Philadelphia Friday night at HP Pavilion. The game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com at 7 p.m.