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Sharks’ Havlat (lower body) out for Game 1 vs. Kings

May 14, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

San Jose forward Martin Havlat will miss his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury on Tuesday when the Sharks take on the Kings in their Western Conference semifinal.

Havlat, who was injured during Game 1 of the Vancouver series, has resumed skating with the team but still isn’t ready to return.

It remains something of a mystery as to what Havlat’s injury is — all he would say is that it didn’t occur when Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa jabbed him between the legs:

Havlat, 32, had eight goals and 10 assists in 40 games with the Sharks this year, averaging nearly 16 minutes per game.

When asked if the Czech winger could return during the Kings series, San Jose head coach Todd McLellan said “we hope so.”

According to CSN’s Kevin Kurz, another injured Shark — defenseman Jason Demers — is apparently closer to full health, but will have a tough time drawing back into the lineup after Scott Hannan‘s effective first round against Vancouver.

  1. letsgopens8771 - May 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Sharks powerplay is still lethal without him, that is why the Sharks will win this series.

    • dannymac17 - May 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Still wont give the champs their respect huh? Looks like they will have to take it. Again.

    • hawkeedawg - May 15, 2013 at 4:35 AM

      Sharks won’t get a 26-10 pp advantage like they did in Vancouver series.

      After much video review, the amount of dives, fake injuries (Thornton shaking wrong hand after slash to STICK) and embellishment won’t work in this series.

      And they won’t get any pp in overtime. The officials that worked the Van/SJ series are not working anymore, that should tell you the whole story.They will have to beat Kings 5 on 5, and I doubt that is going to happen.

  2. kingsfan68 - May 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    sharks won’t win. .. kings are a far better team then the canucks… bigger badder and stronger are the kings than the sharks. … Kings in 5 or 6

  3. sjsharks66 - May 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I like how the kings fans think their team is big and tough. They were man handled in their first 2 games.

    The sharks never had a problem with the kings and they wont start now.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Well I was wrong haha

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