The Sharks got some good news medically Sunday when they found out that Olympic center Joe Thornton
would only be out day-to-day with the lower body injury he suffered Saturday night against Vancouver. Thornton left the ice in the second period and did not return.
Thornton has played in a Sharks record 379 consecutive games, and 398 overall dating back to Oct. 20, 2005 with Boston, but will sit out and rest for Sunday’s game. Thus, the ironman streak will end.
“Jumbo won’t play,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He’s day-to-day with a lower body injury.”
Whether Thornton would or wouldn’t play was in question as the All-Star center doesn’t take his games played streak lightly.
“He’s pretty committed to playing and he wants to keep the streak alive,” said McLellan. “I think Joe is wired to play every game. What’s right for him is not to play.”Ryane Clowe
was asked what it would be like to not have Thornton in the lineup.
“I don’t know, we’ve never been in this position,” said Clowe. “When I walk in, he’s always the first person I see.”
McLellan will be forced to adjust his lines, but made it clear it will be on everyone to step up a bit more, and not just one or two players.
“We’ll get Jamie McGinn back and we’ll tinker with the lines a little bit,” said McLellan. “We expect the group as a whole to contribute.”
On the blueline, the Sharks have brought back Jason Demers
to skate against Colorado.
“We’ll see Jason Demers
and Rob Blake will be out,” said McLellan, noting it was more of a maintenance day for Blake.
Manny Malhotra, who took a puck to the face on Saturday and left the ice bleeding, will tough it out and play against Colorado.
“Manny will play tonight,” said McLellan. “The situation was scary and you took a big gulp on the bench.”
McLellan noted Malhotra likely has a broken nose in addition to the cuts.
GREISS INThomas Greiss
will get the start against Colorado.
“It’s just a day off,” said McLellan of sitting Nabokov. “Nabby’s had a long string of games. It’s Thomas’ opportunity to show the team he is ready to jump in.”