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SAN JOSE – Sharks center Logan Couture is questionable for Thursday's home game against Winnipeg, after he blocked a shot on Monday in Calgary and subsequently missed Tuesday’s game in Edmonton.
The decision on whether he skates against the Jets will likely be up to Couture himself, he indicated.
"I'm going to take warm-up, I think, at least that's my plan, and see how it feels then,” Couture said. “Probably 50-50."
Is he back to full strength?
"I wouldn't say 100 percent, but it's a lot better than it was yesterday."
Todd McLellan said: “If Logan is good to play, he’s obviously going to play. If he’s still a little bit sore, he won’t, and he’ll be ready for the next game. Logan is not injured long-term, or anything like that. He blocked a shot and he’s a little bit sore. When he can play, he will.”
Couture left Monday’s game after a Mark Giordano blast struck him in the left foot/ankle area with 2:46 left in the first period. That wasn’t the shot that hurt him, though. Giordano actually got him with a different shot a couple minutes into the game.
“I didn't realize that I was injured until the second block with like two minutes left,” Couture said. “I looked down and saw that there was a lot of blood all over, so that's when I went to the room."
If Couture doesn't play, Tyler Kennedy will likely remain on the second line with Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto.
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The Sharks recalled Freddie Hamilton from Worcester, with Couture potentially out and Adam Burish injured through at least the rest of the regular season with two broken fingers in his left hand. If the rookie gets into the lineup, it will be his first NHL game since Jan. 7 at Nashville.
Hamilton, Worcester’s leading scorer with 37 points in 54 games, is still looking for his first point in the NHL. He’s scoreless with two penalty minutes and a -5 rating in 11 games with San Jose this season.
McLellan was asked if Hamilton, who hasn’t had much of an impact when given an opportunity, has to do anything differently now that he’s back with the big club.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve seen him. The NHL game has changed a little bit. It’s gotten a little more intense, a little quicker, a little harder. He’s going back into the testing field, if you will.
“If he does play, he’ll get that opportunity, and then we’ll get a read on where he’s at. I don’t want him to get into the game with a whole bunch of clutter in his head. I want him to do what he’s been doing [in Worcester], and we’ll adjust as it goes.”