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Boughner Hopes Just Day-to-Day for Couture Upper-Body Injury



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Every time that the San Jose Sharks seem to be getting healthier, someone else gets hurt.

As Erik Karlsson neared his return earlier this month, Mario Ferraro got hurt. As James Reimer was close to getting back a couple weeks ago, Adin Hill went on the shelf (again). Now, as Kevin Labanc is close to giving the Sharks a fairly healthy forward corps, Logan Couture left tonight’s game at Edmonton with an upper-body injury.

“Just above the pants, no padding, under the shoulder pads” is where San Jose Sharks color commentator Bret Hedican saw the errant Burns shot strike Couture. “It seemed like it missed all of his equipment and hit right into his gut.”

A injury to a top centerman is not something that the lottery-bound San Jose Sharks are equipped to handle. Beyond Tomas Hertl and Nick Bonino, the Sharks will probably have to dig further into the farm system for some help up the middle.

This isn’t what the Sharks envisioned when they talked about giving the youngsters more playing time after the Trade Deadline.

Head coach Bob Boughner provided an update after the San Jose Sharks’ 5-2 loss to the Oilers.

“Just upper-body, he wasn’t feeling good enough to come back. He’ll be assessed tomorrow,” Boughner shared. “Hopefully, it’s just a day-to-day thing. Just got that shot high.”

The Sharks were able to avoid disaster after Timo Meier left Tuesday’s game early, so hopefully, they’ll get lucky here too. San Jose has the day off tomorrow and will return to SAP Center to take on the Anaheim Ducks this Saturday night.

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