The San Jose Sharks defense has just been battered during the new calendar year.
Erik Karlsson had left forearm surgery in late January and is finally close to a return.
Jaycob Megna blocked a shot with his left foot in late January, had surgery, and will be out from four to six weeks.
Nicolas Meloche appeared to take a high elbow on Thursday against the New York Islanders, and he’s day-to-day.
Let’s not forget Nikolai Knyzhov, who’s missed the entire season with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
The San Jose Sharks are hoping that they won’t be adding Mario Ferraro to injury reserve.
It looks bad for Ferraro though, who was pushed by Taylor Hall close to the corner in the second period of the Sharks-Boston Bruins tilt. Ferraro’s left ankle appeared to get tangled up with the bottom of the dasher boards.
The crew criticized the "dirty" play by Taylor Hall, which caused Ferraro to leave the ice during the second period pic.twitter.com/mdtao4zLIy
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Ferraro struggled to get off the ice under his own power, and eventually was helped off. It did look like he was able to put some weight on his left leg.
Hall was whistled for interference and Timo Meier scored on the ensuing power play.
Ferraro did not return for the third period.
Bob Boughner had no update on Ferraro’s health after the game. While the NBC Sharks crew called the play “dirty,” at first glance, Boughner didn’t agree.
“I only got to see it once on the bench. Didn’t look like it was a ton of contact to me. It looked like Mario went in a little bit off balance,” he said. “I’d have to look at it again to give you an honest opinion.”
Logan Couture, who was on the ice, didn’t see the Hall hit: “I saw him go down and I heard him scream.”
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