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Vlasic (upper body) to miss Game 7

Apr 30, 2014, 2:31 PM EST

In one of the biggest games in franchise history, the San Jose Sharks will be without one of their best defensemen.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic will miss his second straight contest tonight when the Sharks host the Kings in Game 7 of their first-round series — a series that San Jose once led 3-0.

Vlasic, 27, suffered what’s being called an upper-body injury in Game 5 on a hit (plus forearm to the head) by L.A.’s Jarret Stoll:

Vlasic, a member of Team Canada’s gold-medal winning squad in Sochi, led the Sharks in average even-strength ice time during the regular season and finished a team-high plus-31.

What if the Sharks lose tonight? We discussed that yesterday in PHT Extra:

Related: Antti Up: Sharks go back to Niemi for GameĀ 7

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