Sharks' Hertl could resume skating this week

Hertl collides with Brown, leaves early with right leg injury

Sharks' Hertl could resume skating this week
February 26, 2014, 8:15 am
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Tomas Hertl has been out since Dec. 19 with a right knee injury. (USATSI)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Injured Sharks forward Tomas Hertl is with the team in Philadelphia and may start skating this week, according to general manager Doug Wilson.

No further timetable was given regarding the 20-year-old rookie, who has been out since Dec. 19 with a right knee injury suffered from a knee-on-knee hit by the Kings' Dustin Brown. Hertl had the MCL and PCL ligaments repaired in the knee on Dec. 31.

The Sharks practiced on Wednesday on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, and resume their season on Thursday against the Flyers. Olympians Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Antti Niemi rejoined their teammates for the first time since the games in Sochi concluded.

Defenseman Matt Tennyson has been recalled from Worcester to replace Brad Stuart (upper body), who will not play during a three-game road trip that continues in Buffalo and New Jersey. Tennyson has not played an NHL game this season.

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