Havlat battles nagging injury, day-to-day
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SAN JOSE – Marty Havlat is day-to-day with a lower body injury, and his status for the Sharks’ upcoming two-game road trip is unclear.

Havlat, who didn’t play in the third period of the Sharks’ 2-1 win over Nashville on Saturday, originally hurt himself in a game in Chicago on Feb. 22.

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“That’s when I started feeling a little thing. It started from there,” Havlat said. “It was like a snowball, and just piled up. I tried to play, and just needed a rest. Yesterday, I couldn’t help the team the way I was playing. It is what it is.”

Todd McLellan said: “We’ll know more tomorrow. I hope he’ll be short term, and ready to play.”

Injury aside, the season has been a struggle for the Sharks’ winger. Havlat has just three goals and three assists in 20 games, and no goals in his last 12. He played the first two periods against Nashville on a line with Joe Thornton and Logan Couture.

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Recently, the struggling winger had a stint on the fourth line with Adam Burish and TJ Galiardi in mid-February.

“The numbers, I think, nobody is happy with the numbers right now,” Havlat said.

McLellan said: “He’s got a tremendous skill set, second to none. I believe he’s a very good skater, and we need to see that skating ability come out. You have to have your feet moving in the game now, and you have to go to the net to score. We expect him, when he gets back, to be a factor.”

Havlat, of course, hasn’t been the only forward that’s been moved around lately. The Sharks’ coaching staff has been mixing and matching its forwards for weeks now as the struggle for goals continues. San Jose has two goals or less in regulation in 10 straight games.

Still, Havlat is one of a number of players that the Sharks are counting on to pick up the production.

“He is a vital piece in our puzzle. We have to get the best out of him. We’re trying different ways to do that, looking for results,” McLellan said.

“We’re trying to find solutions to fit him in where we get the most out of his ability. And, it’s a two-way street. He has to look for it, as well.”

The Sharks visit Vancouver on Tuesday and Calgary on Wednesday.