EL SEGUNDO – Joel Ward will likely miss his second straight game on Tuesday when the Sharks play the Kings in their final game before the Christmas break, coach Pete DeBoer revealed on Monday.
Ward missed Sunday’s game in Chicago after going head-and-shoulder-first into the boards courtesy of a hit by the Senators’ Mark Borowiecki late in the third period on Friday. He was scheduled to see a doctor on Monday.
The 35-year-old is fourth in the Sharks in goals (10) and points (23).
Melker Karlsson, who missed Sunday’s game with the flu, was absent for the Sharks’ afternoon practice at the Toyota Sports Center on Monday but is likely to return against Los Angeles.
“Melker I saw this morning. He’s improved from yesterday,” DeBoer said. “I would call him probable, as long as it’s not more than a 24-hour flu.”
The forward has gone 13 straight games without a point but has 25 shots on goal over that span. He has four points (3g, 1a) in 18 games.
“He’s had grade-A chances every night, so I’m not worried about it,” DeBoer said. “Obviously we need goals, but he’s a lot like [Joonas] Donskoi. Those guys are creating chances every night. Eventually they’re going to start to go in. He’s had a couple point-blank looks the last few games, they just haven’t gone in for him, but he’s got to stick with it.”
Marc-Edouard Vlasic took a maintenance day on Monday, but is expected to play against the Kings. The defenseman recently missed three games from Dec. 5-9 with a lower body injury.