Player News - Sharks

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Brent Burns took part in Monday's practice.

Burns skipped Friday and Sunday's practices, though he had continued to skate. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer once again stated that Burns will be available for Game 1 of the second round and we believe him.
Apr 24 - 5:23 AM

Brent Burns missed practice once again on Sunday but did skate earlier in the morning.

Burns also missed practice on Friday. He played in Game 4 against the Ducks after missing the last 10:07 of Game 3 when he was sent to the dressing room early but the injury has not been disclosed. Burns will start in Game 1 against Vegas later this week according to coach Peter DeBoer so don't be afraid to put him in your lineup.
Apr 23 - 8:43 AM

Joe Thornton (knee) will not play in Game 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

This was according to coach Peter DeBoer who stated so on Sunday. Thornton has been practicing with the team for a few weeks and has partaken in the warmups as well but his return is still up in the air. Thornton had 36 points in 47 regular season games, so his presence in the lineup will definitely be a bonus once he is able to return.
Apr 23 - 8:40 AM

The second round series between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks could start on Thursday.

It may start earlier, if all the first round series are done by Monday or Tuesday but the NHL does not like to start a new round when there are still games to be played in the previous round. The Sharks and Golden Knights each swept their respective series, the first time this has happened since 1986 when the first round was a best of five affair.
Apr 22 - 9:03 AM

Joe Thornton (knee) may not be ready to play in Game 1 of the second round against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thornton has been skating with his teammates, but he apparently does not appear to be up to full speed yet. Against a fast and relentless checking team like the Golden Knights, Thornton may be at a disadvantage if he were to rejoin the San Jose lineup before he can skate at his maximum. There's still some time for that to change, though.
Apr 21 - 1:06 PM

Don't expect Sharks' coach Peter DeBoer to make any lineup changes for his team's second-round series against Las Vegas.

"We just won four straight against a great hockey team and I’d be an idiot to make lineup changes", said DeBoer. Bearing in mind DeBoer's words, expect Paul Martin to continue to partner with Brent Burns on defense as opposed to regular season partner Joakim Ryan.
Apr 21 - 12:57 PM

Ivan Chekhovich has inked an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Chekhovich recorded 29 goals and 60 points in 65 QMJHL games this season. He joined the AHL's San Jose Barracuda afterwards and added another three goals and nine points in six games. "Ivan had another productive season in juniors and took his game to a whole new level when he joined the Barracuda this season," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He has proven in his short stint of professional hockey that he can keep up with the pace and physicality and, with help from Scout Gilles Cote, has already become a difference maker in the Barracuda's improbable run to the Calder Cup Playoffs. His offensive instincts and creativity make him a dangerous player in the opposing team's end and we look forward to seeing him develop with our organization."
Apr 20 - 5:59 PM

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer believes Tomas Hertl has taken his game to another level.

Hertl certainly came up big in the first round. He scored three goals and four points in four playoff games and accounted for the series-clinching goal over Anaheim. "He would’ve gotten to this level earlier than this year if he had been healthy," DeBoer said. "He’s had some really bad luck with some really bad injuries. He’s healthy and he’s playing at another level, and I still think he’s got another level he can get to, too." It'll be interesting to see if Hertl can keep this up against Vegas in the second round. He had 22 goals and 46 points in 79 regular season contests.
Apr 20 - 5:21 AM

Melker Karlsson is on a three-game point streak.

Karlsson kept that going by registering an assist in the Sharks' 2-1 victory over Anaheim in Game 4 Wednesday night. He traditionally hasn't been a significant offensive contributor, particularly in the playoffs, but he certainly helped out in the first round. The Sharks will now rest before their second round series against Vegas.
Apr 19 - 5:36 AM

Marcus Sorensen scored a goal during Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Sorensen surprisingly played a huge role in San Jose's first-round sweep of the Ducks. The 26-year-old's goal gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 5:43 into the game. Sorensen ended up scoring in each of his team's last three games. He has three goals and one assist in four games this postseason. The Sharks will now take on the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Don't expect Sorensen to continue producing, but you never know.
Apr 19 - 1:43 AM

Martin Jones turned aside 30 of 31 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The win allowed Jones and the Sharks to put the Ducks to bed in four straight games. San Jose's netminder was terrific in every game of the series, as he continued to come up with big saves for his team. Jones has a 4-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against-average and an outrageous .970 save percentage this postseason. He'll now have the unenviable task of slowing down the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round. Those who drafted Jones in their playoff pools have to be ecstatic with the way he's played so far.
Apr 19 - 1:22 AM

Tomas Hertl scored a goal in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The victory means that the Sharks have swept the Ducks in four straight games. Moments after Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf turned the puck over in his own end, Hertl tipped a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot by John Gibson to give the Sharks a 2-1 advantage. Hertl has now found the back of the net in three consecutive games. The 24-year-old is up to three goals and four points in four games during the postseason. San Jose will now face the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Apr 19 - 1:15 AM

Martin Jones will play between the pipes in Game 4 on Wednesday.

That's to be expected, especially given how good Jones has been in the first round. He has a 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage in three playoff starts this year. His efforts have played a large role in the Sharks taking a 3-0 series lead over the Ducks.
Apr 18 - 4:48 PM

Coach Peter DeBoer said that Brent Burns will be good to go for Game 4.

Burns was held out of most of the third period of Monday's match against Anaheim. The Sharks bench boss also stated that Burns was fine, so it seems like he was simply held out as a precaution.
Apr 17 - 2:37 PM

Brent Burns didn't play in the final 10:07 minutes of Monday's 8-1 win over Anaheim as he was sent to the locker room early.

That's concerning on the surface, but Sharks coach Pete DeBoer made it sound like Burns just wasn't playing for precautionary reasons. "Just no sense," DeBoer said. "He wasn’t going to get back on the ice, so we put him in the room." It's possible Burns is dealing with an injury, but DeBoer might have also just wanted to keep him off the ice to prevent any potential threat of injury. After all, the Sharks had already won the game at that point, so there was no real reason to use Burns. We'll have to see if he practices.
Apr 17 - 6:01 AM

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