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SAN JOSE – Joe Thornton has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the Sharks' next two games in Winnipeg on Monday and Minnesota on Tuesday.
He is expected to play at some point on the Sharks’ three-game road trip, per head coach Todd McLellan, making his likely return date Thursday in St. Louis.
“I doubt he’ll play tomorrow, but later in the trip, yes,” McLellan said after Sunday’s practice, before Thornton was officially moved to injured reserve.
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Forward Tyler Kennedy is improving. The 28-year-old is becoming more of a participant in practice and will also make the road trip, but is not expected to play. Kennedy has been out since hurting his left shoulder on Dec. 6 in Calgary.
“He’s slowly becoming fully involved,” McLellan said. “He hasn’t physically been pushed or battled enough yet to really test it, but that should happen in the next week to 10 days, I would think.”
The Sharks will also have John Scott available, after the enforcer has served out his four-game suspension. Micheal Haley was reassigned to Worcester on Sunday.
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The Sharks shuffled up their forward lines on Sunday, one day after getting schooled by the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center, 7-2.
Here’s what it looked like at practice:
Melker Karlsson – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Barclay Goodrow – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
Tomas Hertl – James Sheppard – Matt Nieto
John Scott – Andrew Desjardins – Tye McGinn