Torres could miss Sharks-Leafs game

Torres could miss Sharks-Leafs game
March 11, 2014, 11:30 am
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Raffi Torres has three goals and two assists in five games since returning from right knee surgery. (USATSI)

Programming note: Sharks-Maple Leafs coverage starts tonight at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California

SAN JOSE -- Raffi Torres will be a game-time decision on Tuesday night against Toronto, head coach Todd McLellan said after an optional pregame skate.

Torres did not skate on Tuesday morning, and was only on the ice on Monday for the Sharks’ team photo. He has played five games, scoring three goals and two assists, since he returned from right knee surgery that kept him out until after the Olympic break.

The winger was scratched on Feb. 28 in Buffalo, the second of back-to-back games, as he works to get back to full speed. He has averaged a little more than 10 minutes per game since his return.

“He’s a little bit sore,” McLellan said. “May be a night where he has to take off just to recuperate a little bit. It’s taxing on that body and on his legs. We may look at doing that tonight.”

McLellan was asked if Torres' soreness was tied to the knee surgery, or if it is just from “playing hockey.”

“A little bit of everything,” he said.

If Torres sits, Marty Havlat could draw back into the lineup. Havlat, a scratch in the last two games, came off of the ice early on Tuesday, suggesting he’ll be an option to play.