Wingels, Kennedy to miss start of Sharks road trip

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Wingels, Kennedy to miss start of Sharks road trip
January 3, 2014, 12:30 pm

Tommy Wingels missed his third straight game on Thursday against Edmonton after going hard into the glass. (USATSI)

SAN JOSE -- Tommy Wingels (upper body) and Tyler Kennedy (flu) will miss the Sharks’ game in Colorado on Saturday, as the team begins a three-game road trip against the Avalanche.

Wingels missed his third straight game on Thursday against Edmonton, apparently feeling the affects of going hard into the end boards on Dec. 29. Coach Todd McLellan said that the injury is not head-related, which is good news for Wingels, who has knocked from a game on Oct. 24 after an apparent high hit from Zdeno Chara. Last season, Wingels missed five games after going violently into the glass, face first, in a game in Dallas on Feb. 23.

Wingels’ status for the rest of the trip is uncertain. The Sharks play the Blackhawks on Sunday and Predators on Tuesday.

“Tommy is coming on the trip, he won’t be ready to play in Denver, but we’ll see what happens after that,” McLellan said.

Kennedy, however, will not even be on the team plane to Denver later on Friday, and was seen at the Sharks’ practice facility. He was not available for the Sharks' game against Edmonton.

The last thing the Sharks need while battling through several injuries is a bug making its way through the roster.

“We know how that flu can rapidly travel through a team,” McLellan said.

Finally, Mike Brown, who was hurt late in the 5-1 win over the Oilers, took a “maintenance day” on Friday. Brown was hit twice by shots in the final minute, first in the left foot by Matt Irwin and then again in the back on a blast by Freddie Hamilton.

“He’ll be fine,” McLellan said. “He’s tough guy.”