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Thornton sure thinks he’ll play for Sharks in playoffs; Couture skates

Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 01: Logan Couture #39 and Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after Couture scored a goal against the Vancouver Canucks in the second period at HP Pavilion on April 1, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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There’s nothing vague about Joe Thornton’s update about the playoffs: he said there’s “no doubt” he’ll be ready to go for the San Jose Sharks.

Jumbo Joe’s claim comes after very positive news from NBC Sports California’s Kevin Kurz that both Thornton and Logan Couture returned to the ice on Wednesday.

While Thornton deals with a lower-body issue that might not be as bad as some feared (he considers it a day-to-day thing), Couture is coming to grips with the facial protection he’ll need following his grisly mouth injury.

“It’s tough to look down and find the puck on the ice,” Couture said. “But, that’s what I’m going to have to get used to. It’s all about protection right now, protecting my mouth area. That thing is going to do the job, so have to deal with it.”

Here’s hoping such difficulties don’t put the talented forward in a position to receive a big hit during the playoffs. Maybe he can get in a little game experience before the postseason begins just to acclimate himself to such changes?

Eh ... the risk may outweigh the reward a bit in that regard.

Anyway, this is promising stuff for a Sharks team that leans heavily on their top guys. It’s important to note that it’s early ... but again, Thornton sure seems confident.