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SAN JOSE – Matt Nieto will not play in the Sharks’ final game before the Olympic break, after blocking a Trevor Daley shot in the final seconds of the second period of Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Dallas.
Nieto did not return for the third period against Dallas, and was later seen leaving the arena in a walking boot on his left foot.
John McCarthy, who cleared waivers and was reassigned to Worcester on Feb. 1, is on his way back to San Jose and will likely play on Friday night.
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Sharks head coach Todd McLellan is set to break the franchise record for most games by a head coach on Friday. He’ll surpass Darryl Sutter’s mark of 434 games.
McLellan, who is in his sixth season behind the Sharks’ bench, is already the franchise's leader in wins (256), winning percentage (.590) and points percentage (.652). He reached 250 career NHL coaching wins faster than any other NHL head coach other than Bruce Boudreau.
Overall, the former Red Wings assistant coach has a 256-124-54 behind the Sharks’ bench, including four 40-win seasons, three 100-point seasons, one President’s Trophy, and three Pacific Division titles.
The Sharks have yet to make an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, of course.
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Logan Couture (right hand), Raffi Torres (right knee surgery) and Tyler Kennedy (lower body) are all expected to play in the Sharks’ first game after the Olympic break on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia, according to a team source.
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Martin St. Louis was named to the Canadian Olympic team to replace his Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos, meaning Couture and Joe Thornton were again passed over for Team Canada and will have off during the break.