Logan Couture

Sharks' Couture expects to make season debut vs. Ducks on Saturday

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Logan Couture is back.

45 games into the 2023-24 NHL season, the Sharks captain will finally make his season debut tomorrow against the Anaheim Ducks.

“I expect to play tomorrow,” he said after practice today.

Couture has missed the entire season with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

His prolonged absence been a huge hole in the line-up. Last year, Couture led Sharks forwards with 67 points. After Tomas Hertl, he was also their second-most used forward, a staple in all situations.

While it’s hard to say how much the 34-year-old will play in the early going, as he eases his way back into game action, the 10-31-4 Sharks need all the help that they can get, especially with do-everything center Mikael Granlund leaving their last game with a week-to-week upper-body injury.

Granlund will miss at least the next three games, Quinn confirmed today.

San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn says that he hasn’t decided who Couture will play with yet tomorrow, but based on practice today, he should line up with Fabian Zetterlund and Alexander Barabanov.

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