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Boughner, Karlsson, other Sharks miss Jets game due to COVID protocol

Boughner, other Sharks to miss Jets game due to COVID protocol

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 20: Interim head coach Bob Boughner of the San Jose Sharks handles bench duties during the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 20, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Multiple San Jose Sharks tested positive for COVID, including head coach Bob Boughner. As Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman notes, the start time for Saturday’s Jets - Sharks game was pushed back to accommodate these issues.

John MacLean is serving behind the Sharks bench thanks to Boughner’s COVID-related absence.

Here is the list of Sharks players unavailable for Saturday’s game vs. the Jets:

  • Erik Karlsson
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic
  • Andrew Cogliano
  • Jonathan Dahlen
  • Jake Middleton
  • Matt Nieto
  • Radim Simek
  • Noah Gregor

With those players unavailable, the Sharks recalled John Leonard, Nicolas Meloche, Jaycob Megna, as well as Nick and Ryan Merkley.

After a hot start to the season, the Sharks have been struggling lately. They carry a three-game losing streak into Saturday’s game against the Jets. Breaking that slump looks even tougher with such absences.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.