SAN JOSE – Brent Burns will be out for at least the next two games, head coach Todd McLellan said after practice on Monday. Burns suffered an apparent left leg injury in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Dallas in the first period, and was seen walking with a pronounced limp after the game.
Marty Havlat and Tommy Wingels also did not practice Monday, taking “maintenance days,” but McLellan said they could be options for when the Sharks open a three-game homestand against Colorado on Tuesday night.
Wingels is likely suffering from the effects of going hard into the end boards against the Stars, when he collided with Dallas’ Philip Larsen. The Stars defenseman was given a boarding minor on the play, and it took several moments for Wingels, who was visibly shaken, to get to his skates. Despite what replays showed was Wingels’ head going into the boards, he did not leave the bench and even returned to the game.
Havlat played the entire game against Dallas, with 19:23 of ice time.
As for Burns, the defenseman missed the first 10 games of the season and all of training camp with a lower body injury that is unrelated to his current ailment. In six games, Burns is scoreless with a -5 rating and five penalty minutes.
The Sharks lines looked as follows on Monday:
Logan Couture – Joe Thornton – Ryane Clowe
Patrick Marleau – Scott Gomez – Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard – Michal Handzus – Tim Kennedy
TJ Galiardi – Adam Burish – Andrew Desjardins
Clowe will also likely be unavailable on Tuesday, and is waiting to hear from the league if or how long his suspension will continue. The winger had a conference call with the NHL’s Brendan Shanahan on Monday at 10 a.m. A decision is expected shortly.
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