Defenseman Mario Ferraro will miss the Sharks’ recreation in opposition to the Carolina Hurricanes as we speak and can possible be out for the rest of the workforce’s highway journey as he recovers from a scary mouth harm that saved him within the dentist’s chair for a number of hours earlier this morning.
Ferraro was damage Saturday as an tried shot on objective by Florida Panthers ahead Owen Tippett within the Sharks’ zone ramped up Ferraro’s stick and into his face with 14:40 left within the opening interval. He instantly left the ice and didn’t return to the sport, which the Sharks misplaced 5-4 in extra time.
Ferraro, 23, flew with the Sharks to Raleigh late Saturday and work started to attempt to appropriate the harm to his tooth and different bone points early this morning.
“He’s a warrior,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner stated Sunday morning. “He was in lots of ache all evening. We couldn’t get him mounted up there in Florida, so he needed to wait in a single day.
“Simply to have the ability to cope with that ache that he was by all evening and see him come out of the chair this morning and are available down and say hello to the blokes on the workforce breakfast, it’s the type of man he’s.”
The Sharks end their highway journey Tuesday in Tampa Bay in opposition to the Lightning. Boughner stated Ferraro will possible miss that recreation in addition to the workforce has the good thing about a 12-day break that begins instantly afterward. The Sharks’ subsequent recreation after Tuesday is Feb. 14 at residence in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers.
“To see him strolling round at workforce breakfast and getting out of the chair and all the pieces else, I believe is an actual constructive,” Boughner stated.
“Mario’s such a tricky, robust child anyway, I believe he’ll discover a technique to get a bit of relaxation right here and be again ahead of later. However that was undoubtedly scary, seeing that final evening.”
The Sharks are already with out Erik Karlsson for the subsequent a number of weeks after he had surgical procedure final Monday to restore a small tear in his left forearm. Karlsson shall be reevaluated in mid-March, and for now, the Sharks are with out two of their prime three defensemen when it comes to ice time, as each common over 23 minutes per recreation.
Ferraro has 11 factors in 41 video games this season, and the Sharks are 1-2-0 with out him within the lineup this 12 months. Ferraro missed three video games from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 when he was within the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
In opposition to the Hurricanes, Jaycob Megna shall be paired with Brent Burns, and Radim Simek will skate with Nicolas Meloche. Ryan Merkley, a wholesome scratch the final two video games, will take Ferraro’s spot within the lineup and be paired with Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Burns performed a staggering 33:48 within the extra time loss to the Panthers and Boughner stated he’ll attempt to handle everybody’s ice time in opposition to a Hurricanes workforce that has received 5 of its final six video games to maneuver into first place within the Metropolitan Division.
Carolina (30-9-2) beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Saturday to enhance to 15-4-1 at residence this season. The Sharks are 1-0-1 on this journey, which started Wednesday with a 4-1 journey in opposition to the Washington Capitals.
“Handle ice time and minutes, however extra handle our recreation and never play a lot in our finish, and tighten up our impartial zone,” stated Boughner, including that wishes to see the Sharks, “play extra the model and the id we had in opposition to Washington.”
Among the many Sharks ahead group, the fourth line may have Lane Pederson and Jeffrey Viel enjoying instead of Jasper Weatherby and Jonah Gadjovich, respectively, as Boughner sought to insert some contemporary our bodies into the lineup.
Nevertheless, James Reimer, who noticed 50 photographs Saturday evening, will begin once more lower than 24 hours later in opposition to the Hurricanes, who rank fourth within the NHL with a mean of three.51 targets per recreation. Reimer additionally stopped 29 of 30 photographs on Wednesday.
The Sharks have Zach Sawchenko as Reimer’s backup in the mean time as Adin Hill is unavailable with a lower-body harm. Sawchenko has performed one NHL recreation, as he stopped 20 of 21 photographs in reduction of Reimer on Jan. 2 in an 8-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Reimer performed the final two seasons with the Hurricanes, going 29-11-4 in 47 video games earlier than he signed a two-year contract with the Sharks as a free agent within the offseason.
“Reims is able to go,” Boughner stated. “I do know he had a busy evening within the internet final evening, we gave up extra photographs than common in opposition to a superb offensive workforce. However he is aware of that the workforce wants him and he’s able to dig in.”
NOTES: Boughner stated defenseman Jake Middleton (concussion) will skate once more Monday and added there’s a likelihood he shall be out there to play Tuesday. Middleton was damage Jan. 4. … The Sharks had been credited with 26 blocked photographs in Saturday’s recreation with Matt Nieto having seven and Burns with six.