The San Jose Sharks return to action after the All-Star break Friday night in Edmonton, but no one is too
worried about the layoff affecting the club, which won seven of nine games heading into the break.
“I don’t mind the break,” said Coach Ron Wilson. “I think it’s a good idea. It’s the same for everybody.”
“There are a lot of small injuries and we want to be at our best playing shape this time of year,” said defenseman Doug Murray.
That rest was definitely beneficial to forwards Marcel Goc and Scott Parker, who both skated with the team on Thursday and are expected to be available in Edmonton.
Defenseman Kyle McLaren, who had his knee scoped prior to the break, was placed on the injured reserve list, but is progressing. Also, still needing some time off is left wing Mark Bell. His sore groin, which caused him to miss the St. Louis contest on Jan. 20, is still not ready for action.
For those not rehabbing during the All-Star break, there was much time to relax, play golf or reacquaint with family members.
“We get one day off every 10 or 14 days,” said Murray. “Four days without practice doesn’t hurt. Mentally, we needed a break.”
While the Sharks team charter departed San Jose on Thursday, the three All-Stars (Patrick Marleau
, Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton
) were on a separate flight from Dallas, joining their teammates in time for dinner.
The Sharks will face-off Friday night in Edmonton at 6:00 p.m. on FSN and KFOX 98.5.
San Jose already has seven forwards, but recalled center Tomas Plihal from the Worcester Sharks for some depth up front.
In 34 games with Worcester this season, Plihal has posted 11 points (four goals, seven assists).
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Frydlant, Czech Republic was selected by San Jose in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Plihal was recalled by the Sharks for last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, but hasn’t appeared in an NHL game.
Derek Joslin and Jamie McGinn of the Ottawa 67’s in OHL (Ontario Hockey League) are having all-star seasons. Joslin, a 6-1, 205 pound Defenseman has 6 goals and 25 assists, while McGinn a 6-1, 205 pound Left Wing has recorded 58 points on 27 goals and 31 assists.