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Karlsson & Middleton Have Upper-Body Injuries, Questionable Tomorrow

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Erik Karlsson is questionable for tomorrow night’s tilt against the Buffalo Sabres after suffering an upper-body injury in yesterday’s 6-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Jake Middleton, Karlsson’s defensive partner, also suffered an upper-body injury last night. Middleton left the game in the first period and didn’t return.

“Both are dealing with upper-body injuries,” San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner offered this morning. “We’ll try to get some assessments done today. We’re gonna have to see how they feel tomorrow. No decisions on if they’re in or out for tomorrow as of yet.”

Karlsson appears to have suffered his injury while winding up for a slapshot early in the third period, per The Athletic.

You can see Karlsson (65) look down after this slapper.

Media members in Detroit believe that Karlsson was favoring his right side/ribs area for the rest of the contest.

Karlsson skated just three shifts in the last 13 minutes of the third period. In total, he played only seven shifts in the final frame, compared to 23 in the first two periods of the contest.

Erik Karlsson declined to speak with reporters last night and did not practice today.

Middleton also missed practice today, but his injury was less subtle than Karlsson’s.

Detroit’s Givani Smith received a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

“He left the game, not feeling good at all,” Boughner said afterwards “The refs made the right call on the ice, it’s a head shot, and now we’re gonna have to wait and see how he feels.”

The potential losses of Erik Karlsson and Jake Middleton would be a huge blow for a San Jose Sharks squad just getting blueliner Mario Ferraro back from COVID protocol. Karlsson is enjoying a renaissance season, leading all Sharks blueliners with eight goals and 22 points. Middleton, a career AHL’er, has been a pleasant surprise by Karlsson’s side, making the team out of training camp after five seasons with the San Jose Barracuda.

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[…] Erik Karlsson is questionable for tonight’s tilt against the Buffalo Sabres after suffering an upper-body injury in the 6-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Jake Middleton, Karlsson’s defensive partner, also suffered an upper-body injury. (San Jose Hockey Now) […]

[…] The San Jose Sharks could be without their defensive pairing of Erik Karlsson and Jake Middleton for a bit. (San Jose Hockey Now) […]

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