As if the Sharks weren’t already disappointed by their 4-0 loss to the Blue Jackets. They could also be without one of their top players – again.
Defenseman Erik Karlsson, who missed nine games earlier in the year with a groin strain, exited Saturday’s game partway through the second period. Afterward, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer confirmed that Karlsson aggravated the injury. and that there was no set time for him to return.
DeBoer admitted Karlsson’s status is concerning.
“I thought we were as conservative and cautious as you can be,” he told reporters in Detroit. “But, muscle injuries, you don’t know. Sometimes you get in positions or over-extend it. We’ll see where it’s at tomorrow.”
Karlsson has two points in the five games he’s played since returning to the lineup. In his first season in San Jose, the All-Star defenseman has 45 points in 51 games.
Defenseman Tim Heed, who is right-handed like Karlsson, figures to take his place in the lineup. Heed played all nine games in Karlsson's absence, assisting on three goals.
The Sharks have a quick turnaround, playing the Detroit Red Wings Sunday at 12 p.m. PT.