Apr 23, 2013, 4:20 PM EST
Demers, 24, hurt his foot on Apr. 18 against Minnesota and didn’t play during Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Columbus.
He was seen in a walking boot and head coach Todd McLellan said the club had already ruled Demers out for tonight’s game against Dallas and Wednesday’s game in Phoenix.
Demers missed the first seven games of the season with wrist injury suffered in Europe during the lockout, then missed four more in late March with a head injury.
When healthy, he has been a presence on San Jose’s back end.
He has 1G-2A-3PTS in 22 games this season, averaging 18:38 TOI per game and 1:18 in shorthanded ice time.
As for who’ll fill in?
Veteran Scott Hannan appears to be the first choice. Acquired at the trade deadline from Nashville, he played in just his second game as a Shark on Sunday against Columbus, but went minus-2 in 19 minutes of action.
McLellan could turn to rookie blueliner Matt Tennyson, though he’s only appeared in three games all season.
- Daly: Fehr’s lockout prediction ‘naive and uneducated’ 19
- Pens send Downie, Sutter, Greiss home for mumps test (Updated) 13
- The Atlantic Division race is going to be fascinating 19
- Flyers rally as Zepp wins his career debut at 33 years old 22
- Oilers squander three-goal lead, lose 18th time in 19 games 11
- Pickard makes one last bid to stay, beats Wings in nine-round SO 6
- Video: Bartkowski delivers controversial hit to Gionta, fights Foligno 41
- Giroux line takes Leafs ‘to school’ in Flyers’ 7-4 victory 17
- Wolverine Pacioretty gets two assists just two days after being hospitalized 18
- Ovechkin scores beauty as Caps shutout Devils 9