SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman Jason Demers took another full skate with the team on Monday, and said he has recovered from his sprained left ankle that has had him sidelined since April 18.
Now, it’s just a matter of getting into game shape before he plays again, he said.
Whether Demers plays Game 1 on Tuesday at Staples Center could be up to the Sharks’ coaching staff, as Scott Hannan played admirably in the first round series sweep of Vancouver. Hannan had two assists and was a +1 while paired primarily with Brad Stuart.
Marty Havlat’s status to start the second round is doubtful. The winger, who is battling a lower body injury that was aggravated in Game 1 against Vancouver, skated on his own on Monday but left the ice before his teammates held practice.
Adam Burish also went on the ice before the team, but his right hand is heavily wrapped and he’s unable to grip a stick. Burish has already been declared out for the second round, but indications are he could return at some point in the postseason if the Sharks advance.
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The full second round series schedule won’t be revealed until later on Monday, but Kings head coach Darryl Sutter told the media in Los Angeles that Game 2 will be on Thursday night at Staples Center, and Game 3 will be at HP Pavilion on Saturday.
That’s according to a tweet from LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen.