SAN JOSE – The Sharks injured list is getting longer.
On Sunday, defenseman Scott Hannan and forward Tye McGinn both stayed off of the ice for the team’s brief skate. Hannan took a hit to the head from Bryan Bickell in the first period and later returned to the Sharks’ 2-0 win over Chicago on Saturday, while McGinn left in the middle of the first period and did not return.
Both are considered questionable for tomorrow.
Hannan didn’t like the hit from Bickell, as the Chicago forward seemed to deliver a check that was both high and late. There was no penalty on the play.
“I don’t think it’s a good hit. When I saw the replay on the point of contact the puck is up at the red line,” said Hannan, who was along the wall in the Sharks’ defensive zone at the time. “I don’t think he hits any of my shoulder. I think those are the hits that don’t need to be in the game.”
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The 36-year-old, who has had concussion issues in the past, missed a portion of the second period before returning.
“Sit in the old quiet room, they ask you questions, and you see how you feel. The neck is a little sore today but I’ve felt pretty good,” Hannan said.
McGinn “crashed into the boards,” according to Todd McLellan, and he will be reevaluated on Monday morning when the Sharks prepare for their game against Edmonton.
If McGinn is not be able to go, rookie Daniil Tarasov could draw into the lineup and make his NHL debut. The 23-year-old was recalled from Worcester on Thursday.
McGinn has played primarily on the fourth line, but McLellan recently commented that Tarasov, Worcester’s leading scorer at the time of his recall, would be most effective on a scoring line.
“If we put him in, that’s where I’d like to put him in,” McLellan said. “There are no guarantees, he might start on the fourth line when he does play, but we’ve had some continuity and some success with the group that we’ve had and we need to keep rewarding that, as well.
“He was called up and hasn’t been able to play yet, but we do feel like he’s very capable of it.”
Tyler Kennedy, who hurt his back in the first practice after the All-Star break, is also getting closer to a return after his second straight day skating.