ANAHEIM – Change is a comin' to the San Jose Sharks lineup for their game against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Considering the 5-2 loss in Los Angeles on Saturday that should be a shock to absolutely no one, but one of those changes could be necessary due to health. Ryane Clowe hurt his shoulder in the first period of the Kings game, and didn’t make it out for the start of the second. Clowe did not partake in a Sunday afternoon practice at Honda Center.
“I don’t really know the odds [on playing], we’ll just see how I feel,” Clowe said.
The injury actually occurred early in the game, and Clowe tried to play through it, but, “I didn’t think it was smart to go back [in the second period],” he said.
Todd McLellan said: “Hopefully he’s feeling better tomorrow, and if he can, we’ll play him.”
Regardless of whether Clowe is able to play, others will come out, according to McLellan. The Sharks had a number of players underperform against the Kings, including Scott Gomez, who was a -4 and is now a team-worst -10, and Justin Braun, who looked lost in the first period and was caught too deep on a second period goal by Kyle Clifford. Braun, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels all finished -3, while goalie Antti Niemi was pulled for the second time in the last five games.
The loss can’t be pinned on a small sampling of the lineup, of course. That makes the decision on who to play and who to sit a bit more complicated for the head coach.
“It really does, because it’s not one or two guys,” McLellan said. “We will make lineup changes tomorrow, and the one or two guys that come out will think it’s all the burden on them, and it isn’t. It’s collective, and all 20 guys participated. We can’t make 20 changes.”
Marty Havlat, who has missed the last six games with a lower body injury, could be set to make his return. Other options are winger Tim Kennedy, a healthy scratch for the last three games, and defenseman Jason Demers, who has sat out five straight and seven of the last nine. Forward TJ Galiardi has sat out three in a row, and six of the last eight.