Despite a report surfacing Monday saying Tomas Hertl was out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final with a knee injury, San Jose Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer isn’t ready to completely rule out the talented 22-year-old forward just yet.
Hertl has missed the last two games of the championship series versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sharks travel back to Pittsburgh trailing 3-1 in the series. They need a win Thursday to extend it back to California for Game 6.
“Improvement every day that I’ve seen him. Hopeful, yes. I term him as day-to-day,” DeBoer told reporters.
“This time of year, guys find an inner strength and play with injuries. I mean, that’s just what these guys do at this level. I’m not ruling him out for any games.”