It’s possible Marc-Edouard Vlasic plays Saturday for the San Jose Sharks in their regular season finale. That hasn’t been ruled out.
But they could also choose to give him one more night of rest, as the steady defenseman closes in on a return from a lower-body injury that has kept him out since March 17.
According to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, it’s believed Vlasic is dealing with a sprained MCL.
The Sharks play the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, but they’ll finish third in the Pacific Division no matter what. If Vlasic doesn’t play versus the Coyotes, it appears he’ll be fine to return to the San Jose lineup when the post-season begins next week.
“He looks good,” said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer, as per CSN Bay Area.
“We’ll make some decisions on tomorrow’s lineup, but I know for a fact he’ll be ready for the playoffs, which is good news.”
That would be a big boost to the Sharks.
Vlasic isn’t flashy by any means. But he was putting together another solid season, with eight goals and 39 points in 67 games. He also had a 52.8 per cent Corsi For rating and a career-best 1.2 points-per-60-minutes at five on five, as per War-on-Ice.