Sharks' d-man Demers out vs. Colorado

Sharks' d-man Demers out vs. Colorado
March 29, 2014, 11:00 am
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Jason Demers is the team's leading scorer among defensemen with 32 points (four goals, 28 assists). (USATSI)

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DENVER -- Sharks defenseman Jason Demers will miss Saturday’s game in Colorado due to illness, according to Todd McLellan.

Demers remained at the team hotel on Saturday afternoon, as the Sharks will try and isolate him from the rest of the group to try and avoid a bug going through the team with just six games remaining. Demers will fly back to San Jose with the Sharks after the Avalanche game.

In 69 games, Demers has four goals and 28 assists for 32 points. He is the team’s leading scorer among defensemen.

Scott Hannan, who was scratched against the Jets on Thursday, will return to the lineup.

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If you happen to follow Sharks forward Logan Couture on Twitter or Instagram, you probably noticed that he sent out a fairly gruesome picture of the cut he suffered on Monday in Calgary from blocking a shot.

Couture said that Raffi Torres, who was not playing in the game, snapped the picture when Couture came off of the ice.

Then, “all the guys kind of came in and saw it, and were pretty disgusted by it,” Couture said.

The open wound required 12 stitches to close. “It went through a couple layers, I think, of whatever it is down there - muscle or fat,” Couture said.

Couture tried to return later in the Calgary game, but the pain was too much to bear. He missed the next night’s game in Edmonton, but toughed it out against Winnipeg on Thursday.

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Alex Stalock will start against Colorado, but it’s not because Antti Niemi was pulled here in the Sharks’ last visit after allowing three goals on 14 shots.

“No, that last game was [Jan. 4]. That’s a long time ago,” McLellan said. “Alex has played well, and it’s his opportunity to go.”

Stalock allowed just one goal in 33 minutes (on seven shots), as the Sharks mounted a comeback from a 4-0 deficit to lose, 4-3. Stalock took the loss, since he allowed the Avs’ fourth marker.

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McLellan admitted to doing some scoreboard watching on Friday night, although he didn’t actually view the Oilers-Anaheim game. Edmonton won in overtime, 4-3.

“We didn’t get to see the game, but we looked at the end of the night what the scores were,” he said. “Now that we’re getting down to those last five, six, seven games, you start to pay attention a little bit more. I look at it like we took three points in the Alberta swing, and they’ve done the same thing, so we’re on par.

“But, we’ve still got some tough games left, and still have to be concerned about controlling our own destiny, not relying on other people to do it for us.”