Notes: Sharks winger Karlsson close to returning; Burns honored

Notes: Sharks winger Karlsson close to returning; Burns honored

SAN JOSE – Melker Karlsson will potentially make his return to the Sharks lineup on Tuesday at home against Arizona, after missing the last seven games with a left foot injury.

The forward took part in his first full practice since the injury on Nov. 12, skating on the fourth line with Ryan Carpenter and Matt Nieto, with Micheal Haley also rotating in.

“Full practice, so we’ll see tomorrow, but I felt pretty good,” Karlsson said.

In 15 games this season, Karlsson has two goals and two assists for four points and a plus-three rating. At the time of this injury, he was part of an effective fourth line with Tierney and Tommy Wingels. He recorded an assist on a first period goal by Wingels in a 3-1 Sharks win in Tampa Bay before he wasn’t able to return for the second, after blocking a Victor Hedman shot.

Regarding his season, the 26-year-old said: “Started off pretty slow. I think I got up there before the injury, so it was kind of bad timing, maybe. I’m happy to go in there and try to do my best again.”

Wingels, who missed Saturday’s game with a lower body injury, returned to practice on Monday but was not on a line. He’s unlikely to play against the Coyotes.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic missed the third period of Saturday’s game, but was a full participant in practice.

“We’ll see how everyone feels tomorrow,” Pete DeBoer said. “It was nice to have bodies back at practice today. I want to make sure guys don’t wake up tomorrow all of a sudden really sore because of something that went on today. We’ll hold off until tomorrow morning before we decide who’s in and who’s out.”

The coach said his goalie for Tuesday has not yet been decided. The Sharks play at Los Angeles on Wednesday in the second of a back-to-back.

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Ryan Carpenter remains with the Sharks after playing in his second career NHL game on Saturday.

What did DeBoer see from the 25-year-old that he maybe didn’t see last season?

“A little more confident, a little harder, a little more competitive, a little less in awe of the situation, and more jumping in with two feet into the middle of the battle – which is what you want,” he said.

Barclay Goodrow was reassigned to the Barracuda and still has yet to make his season debut.

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Brent Burns was named as the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Monday. In four games, Burns posted two goals and four assists for six points, and also signed an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with San Jose.

The 31-year-old is tied with Joe Pavelski for the Sharks team lead in scoring with 20 points, which also leads all NHL defensemen.

Why Sharks' tension with Nazem Kadri boiled over in loss to Maple Leafs

Why Sharks' tension with Nazem Kadri boiled over in loss to Maple Leafs

SAN JOSE -- Barclay Goodrow wasn’t happy with Nazem Kadri.

The two jawed before the opening face-off Thursday night, and Goodrow grabbed the Toronto Maple Leafs center once the puck was dropped, trying to make him drop the gloves. Kadri would not, and the Sharks forward alone headed to the box for roughing eight seconds in.

It was a chippy start for teams that only play twice a season. So, what set off Goodrow?

“[Kadri] chose to fight Jumbo last year off of the opening face-off,” Goodrow told reporters after the Sharks’ 5-3 loss, “who quite frankly shouldn’t have to do that. So, I thought I would try to return the favor.” 

Let’s rewind to Jan. 4 in Toronto, when the teams last met. 

Kadri and Thornton jockeyed for stick position ahead of the opening face-off. The two traded slashes, then words, and finally punches after they were kicked out of the face-off circle before the puck was dropped. 

Kadri also grabbed a piece of Thornton’s beard in the fight, but said at the time that it was unintentional. He told reporters Thursday he figured that fight caused the immediate tension.

“I’m not quite sure why they were still so bitter about it,” Kadri said, “especially when he’s the one [who] initiated it with me, so it’s not like I went out looking for it. … I kind of knew they were pretty agitated from the start, and I figured I’d run with that.” 

The Leafs scored seconds after the ensuing power play expired. 

With the man advantage winding down, Toronto center John Tavares threw the puck in front of the net from behind the goal line. The puck bounced off San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s skate and helplessly through goaltender Martin Jones’ pads.

Up to that point, the Sharks allowed one shot on goal and three attempts on the penalty kill. 

"The biggest thing is [Kadri] got us a power play to start the game,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “They're gonna say it's not a power-play goal because I think there was one second or something [on the clock], but that's a power-play goal. It's a great way to start the game.”

Kadri, who is known for getting under his opponents’ skin, was hit a game-high six times. He drew another penalty later in the first period, then drew and received two of his own when he and Sharks winger Melker Karlsson were twice penalized for roughing in the third.

Still, the Sharks out-attempted (18-16), outshot (11-7), and out-chanced (9-5) the Leafs with Kadri on the ice five-on-five, according to Natural Stat Trick. San Jose tied the score 3:18 after Tavares’ tally, and held a lead at the end of the first period. 

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Goodrow and Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said they did not think Kadri threw the Sharks off their game. DeBoer thought Kadri “crossed the line” fighting Thornton, but said the pre-puck drop confrontation “was the end of it.”

If there is any remaining tension, we’ll know in fewer than two weeks. The Sharks and Leafs conclude their season series Nov. 28 in Toronto. 

Peter DeBoer says Sharks' Tomas Hertl 'probably' won't play vs. Blues

Peter DeBoer says Sharks' Tomas Hertl 'probably' won't play vs. Blues

SAN JOSE – The Sharks would’ve liked to see Tomas Hertl penciled into Saturday’s lineup against the St. Louis Blues.  It’s looking like that may not be the case.

Hertl participated in team practice on Friday, but coach Peter DeBoer told the media the 25-year-old forward "probably" won’t suit up Saturday when the Sharks have their rematch with the Blues. It will be the second straight game Hertl misses on the Sharks’ current six-game homestand, after he was taken out of Tuesday’s win over the Nashville Predators with a lower-body injury. 

The Czech winger missed San Jose’s last bout with the Blues Nov. 9 in St. Louis after being sidelined with a head injury.  The Sharks lost that game 4-0.

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There’s no denying the Sharks would like to have Hertl back in the lineup healthy as soon as possible, given how well he has played so far this season. He scored 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in as many games, including an assist on Joe Pavelski’s first-period goal in Tuesday’s win over the Nashville Predators. 

With Hertl out of the lineup, it’s unclear how the Sharks' forwards will lineup against Blues. DeBoer experimented with a number of line combinations with Hertl out of the lineup. It isn’t clear yet if the combinations used in Thursday’s loss to the Maple Leafs will be the same Saturday.