San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic missed Saturday’s 5-4 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes due to an upper body injury.
That’s quite a different story than what was given to the media prior to puck drop.
According to CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz, the Sharks announced pregame that Vlasic was scratched due to illness.
When asked postgame, Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan said the defenseman was scratched due to an upper body injury.
“About an hour before the game we found out,” said McLellan.
McLellan did not give a timeframe for Vlasic’s return to the lineup.
It’s unclear when the 27-year-old was hurt.
Vlasic took part in the team’s morning skate on Saturday and played 24 minutes registering an assist in Thursday’s 5-1 win over the Canucks.
Kurz points out that Vlasic did miss about 10 minutes of the Sharks’ 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, but McLellan said that was equipment-related.
Vlasic has six goals and 17 points to go along with a team-high plus-15 rating in 52 games this season.
Scott Hannan took Vlasic’s spot in the lineup Saturday and finished with an assist in over 22 minutes of ice time.
The Sharks return to action Monday when they play host to the Flames.
They’ve become fiercer rivals recently, but the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks can relate to each other after Thursday. Jonathan Toews basically made the same point about Chicago’s 3-1 predicament as Sharks coach Todd McLellan made about San Jose’s conundrum. Here’s what he told Lou Korac.
“We have to feel good about the way we’ve played but [expletive] about the results,” McLellan said.
(For those of you who can handle the dirty language, this particular naughty word rhymes with city, ditty, gritty and pretty.)
While McLellan found it difficult to slam the Sharks, Blues bench boss Ken Hitchcock was quick to avoid bulletin board material.
“We’re learning a lot … but we’re growing up quick,” Hitchcock said. “This team’s doing this to us.”
Well played, Hitch. Well played.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Ken Hitchcock wants to be a teacher this time around, not a screamer. We’re sure the Blues are very thankful for that. (Post-Dispatch)
Eric Staal is more than ready to just move along with his season now. (Toronto Sun)
Sharks coach Todd McClellan says the Canucks got all the chances San Jose didn’t in Vancouver’s overtime win. (Working the Corners)
Mike Babcock says that Jimmy Howard is one poised dude in net compared to past seasons. (Detroit Free Press)
Speaking of poise, Toronto’s young defensemen could use a bit more of that. (TSN)
The Capitals were happy to get physical in their big win over the Rangers. (Capitals Insider)
Joel Quenneville wasn’t too happy with the officiating in their loss to the Kings. (CSNChicago.com)
Meanwhile, Brandon Pirri is hoping to stick around with the Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune)
Nathan Gerbe is staying upbeat during his injury recovery. (Buffalo News)
John Tortorella said his defense was “brain dead” during their loss to the Caps. Ouch. (Ranger Rants)
Ales Hemsky’s future in Edmonton is very much clouded thanks to trade rumors. (Edmonton Journal)