SAN JOSE –- Andrew Desjardins will sit for the third straight game on Saturday, as the Sharks continue to take a closer look at Tomas Hertl at center.
Desjardins left the Sharks early Tuesday morning in Arizona to be with his expecting wife, and hasn’t played since after suiting up for each of the first 43 games this season.
“Obviously, it’s not what I’d hope for. I want to play,” Desjardins said. “But you’ve got to understand that stuff happens. You’ve got to take a little bit of a supporting role and not get too down and just try to help out your teammates in other ways.”
Todd McLellan will stick with the same group up front after consecutive wins over the Coyotes and Maple Leafs.
“We've performed fairly well, we've won two games. Let's hope nothing changes. Let's keep playing the way we are,” McLellan said.
“Desi’s a very important part of our hockey club. He brings so many key assets to our team that we need on certain nights. He's become a good faceoff guy, a very good penalty killer. I don't consider his job lost because he's been out for two games, by any means. I think he's important and will continue to be important."
Desjardins, a pending unrestricted free agent, has two goals and two assists for four points and 41 penalty minutes. He seems to play his best hockey with Mike Brown, but Brown is currently still out with a broken bone in his right leg.
Desjardins will almost certainly get back in at some point. The Sharks could always opt to move Hertl back to the wing, or perhaps Desjardins will replace James Sheppard, who hasn’t been able to produce consistent offense and has just one goal in his last 30 games.
“You know you’re going to have that opportunity again so you’re just waiting around and try to do the best you can when you get that opportunity,” Desjardins said. “When the team’s playing well, it’s one of these situations where you might have to be patient.”