Sharks' Burns not expected out long-term

Sharks' Burns not expected out long-term
October 27, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Brent Burns was whacked by a high stick against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 12. (USATSI)

OTTAWA – Brent Burns missed his fourth straight game on Sunday in Ottawa, but remains day-to-day and is not expected to be out long-term, according to general manager Doug Wilson.

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Burns was originally on the Sharks’ road trip that began in Detroit last Monday, but returned to the Bay Area later in the week on the advisement of the team’s medical staff. He was whacked by a high stick against the Senators on Oct. 12, and took another high hit against Calgary on Oct. 19.

The Sharks have struggled offensively without Burns. Headed into Sunday’s game, the club had just three total goals in its last three games. In their first eight games with Burns in the lineup, the Sharks scored at least three goals in every game and 39 total.

Since the start of the shortened 2013 season, the Sharks average 3.26 goals-per game with Burns as a forward and just 2.04 when he plays defense or sits out.

In eight games, the six-foot-five, 230-pound Burns has four goals and four assists for eight points, a +8 rating and eight penalty minutes.