Sharks captain Logan Couture went down and exited the 3-2 loss to the Blues early on Tuesday after he awkwardly fell into the boards following a collision.
Couture had to be helped off after this knee injury 😥 pic.twitter.com/XcvcDisQGw— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) January 8, 2020
On Thursday, the Sharks announced Couture has a small ankle fracture and is expected to miss appoximately six weeks.
TSN's Pierre LeBrun first reported Wednesday afternoon that he's hearing Couture fractured his ankle, with the Sharks' star likely out for around six weeks:
Sounds like brutal news for Logan Couture and the Sharks. Hearing fractured ankle and a week to week, long term absence for the captain. Probably at least six weeks out but we will see. https://t.co/q2vMTBASw9— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 8, 2020
This is terrible news for any team, but especially San Jose, a team that has struggled to find consistency all season long.
Before his fall, Couture led the Sharks with 36 points on the season and is second among the team's forwards in ice time, trailing only Evander Kane.
The Sharks currently are 19-22-4 and this news likely counts them out of any playoff hopes.