Havlat: 'Just trying to get better every day'
Marty Havlat, out since Game 1 against the Canuks, and Jason Demers, who hasn't played since April 18, skated Thursday in San Jose. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SAN JOSE – Injured Sharks Marty Havlat and Jason Demers skated at the team’s practice facility on Thursday morning, but the status for both players for the start of the second round is still in question.
Fortunately, they have time, as the Sharks will have at least four more days before starting the second round. The Sharks’ regulars took a second straight day off after eliminating the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, and will return to the ice on Friday.
Havlat went on the ice for the first time since he was hurt in just skates and sweats, while Demers skated in full gear by himself.
Havlat has not played since Game 1 against the Canucks. He left after he was pitchforked in the groin by Kevin Bieksa in the first period, but said that was not the cause of the injury.
“I think it was my last shift, but it wasn’t from that. That was completely clean,” Havlat said with a smirk.
Havlat missed the Sharks’ final regular season game with an undisclosed injury. In typical playoff fashion, he was tight-lipped about his condition and refused to put a percentage on the chances he would be in the lineup next week.
“Just trying to get better every day,” he said. “It’s progressing.”
Demers hasn’t played since April 18, missing the final four games of the regular season and the entire first round. He said he’ll “hopefully” be ready for the start of the second round, but there may not be a place for him after the Sharks’ strong defensive effort in their sweep of the Canucks.
“I’m slowly working my way up to where I feel comfortable and ready to play,” Demers said. “I’m excited to try and get back in and help the guys.”
“I don’t want to come back in and say I’m ready to play if I’m not going to help the team and not going to be at my best. Just taking it day-by-day, and building on each day.”
Todd McLellan said: “They are going to do everything they can this week to feel better, just like everybody. When that series arrives or when we know [dates], we’ll have a better indication.”
Tommy Wingels, who left the ice after going hard into the boards on the hit from Daniel Sedin in overtime of Game 4, said he would be good to go for the start of the second round.