Sharks kick off three-game homestand with Coyotes
Marty Havlat was skating on a line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau at the end of last season. (USATASI)
Programming note: Coyotes-Sharks coverage gets underway Saturday at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California
SAN JOSE – The Sharks rearranged their lines for practice on Friday morning, putting Marty Havlat with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau and shifting Tyler Kennedy to the Joe Thornton-Tomas Hertl line.
Matt Nieto, who has missed the last two games with a hand injury, was back on the wing of Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels. James Sheppard, who played on Thornton’s wing in Nieto's absence, was back on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Mike Brown.
Rookie Freddie Hamilton was reassigned to Worcester on Thursday.
Havlat, who was skating on a line with Couture and Marleau at the end of last season before he was hurt in the first game of the playoffs, made his season debut against the Kings in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss.
After the game, Todd McLellan said: “He did some good things. I thought he fit in well. It’s not an easy place to come in to play a first game and he didn’t have any exhibition or even training camp for that matter. For him to come back, he did a good job.”
Havlat was scoreless with a +1 rating in 14 minutes of ice time.
“It wasn’t perfect. That’s what I was expecting,” Havlat said. “It’s going to take a few games and a few nights to get the legs and the timing back. … It’s going to take some time.”
"It doesn’t really matter who we played tonight, it was just great to be in the dressing room with the boys and trying to help the team win. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the 'W' at the end.”
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An injured Brent Burns (upper body) continued to skate on his own. The forward took the ice by himself for approximately 20 minutes before the Sharks went on for practice wearing a helmet but no pads.
The details on Burns’ injury are still vague, but according to general manager Doug Wilson, he is not expected to out long term.