Sharks battled the Panthers Thursday night and Pavelski got the GDG in the shooout. Wingels was injured early in the first period and is expected to be out “a while.” (No word Thursday evening if there would be any recall from the AHL Barracuda before Friday’s game.) Jones got the win.
The Sharks get no rest, but head to Ralleigh, NC to play the Hurricanes. Carolina is 6th in the Metropolitan division and lost at Ottawa 2-4 on Thursday. At least both teams played Thursday and have to travel before Friday’s game. (But the Sharks have the shorter flight and don’t have to go through customs.)
Unclear if Jones or Stalock will start on Friday for the Sharks.
Martin Jones has won his last 9 road games against Eastern Conference teams (1/2)
Last game, the Sharks looked like their energy was still on the road as they could not solve backup Enroth, and fell 1-4 to the Kings on Thursday. Ward had the lone tally; Sharks were 0-5 on the man advantage and gave up two PPG in four kills. And there was a big scare with Jumbo tripped up where he hit his head, and wobbly headed back to the bench; he missed the rest of the period, all the intermission and the beginning of the next in concussion protocols, but did return to play, to the relief of all Shark fans.
Next up: Carolina Hurricanes. On Friday, they faced the Kings and lost 3-0. They are 2-5-0 and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. In seven games, they’ve only scored 12 goals, while giving up 20. May be a cure for breaking the Sharks’ three game losing streak.
Martin and Donskoi, as well as Smith, may return to the line up Saturday night. Further updates may be available after morning skate. Haley was returned to the Barracuda Friday; Lerg and Mueller are still with the Sharks.
Update: John McCarthy recalled; Donskoi, Smith confirmed still out. Martin returns to lineup.
Vlasic was a late scratch (injury or illness — read between the lines).
Sharks did miss Pickles. But after giving up a goal in the first, two more in the second, they came back to tie the game early in the third. But they could only match one of the two more the Canes scored.
Couture notched his first against the Hurricanes. Hertl notched two.
Goalie Troy Grosenick made his NHL debut. Notched his first start, a win, and a shutout with 45 saves. With family in attendance. First Sharks goalie to ever have a shutout (start) in his debut. First Sharks goalie to have a shutout in his first start since Nabokov (but that was his third game).