SAN JOSE – Antti Niemi will make his fourth straight start on Tuesday against Philadelphia, but Alex Stalock’s return to the net should happen shortly.
Stalock backed up Niemi on Saturday against the Ducks in a 6-4 Sharks win, the first time he has been able to dress since apparently aggravating a right knee injury in Dallas on Nov. 8. He’s 2-2-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in five games this season.
“He still needs a little more practice work,” coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s capable of going in to back up, but we want him to have a chance to be successful.
"[Niemi] will play tomorrow against Philadelphia. By [Thursday against Boston], or certainly on the weekend, we hope that Alex is completely ready to go.”
The Sharks will play back-to-back nights in Calgary and Edmonton, respectively, this Saturday and Sunday.
There were no players missing from practice on Monday. Logan Couture, who missed Saturday’s morning skate with a right eye issue but was able to suit up for the game against the Ducks and scored two goals, expanded a bit on his situation.
“There was like a cut in there that got infected or something,” Couture said about his eye. “It was pretty scary.”
Couture still has a visible mark from the issue, after requiring an IV and antibiotics at a local hospital on Saturday.
Tyler Kennedy, placed on injured reserve with a lower body injury on Saturday (retroactive to last Wednesday), also seemed to be a full participant in practice. He is not eligible to play against the Flyers, but could be activated in time for Thursday’s game with the Bruins, McLellan indicated.
“He was pretty good today,” McLellan said.
The Sharks continue to carry the maximum 23 active players, so they would need to make a roster move if they want to activate Kennedy later this week.