SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic could miss only one more game with a lower body injury, while fellow blueliner Micro Mueller is likely out for the rest of the season with a left hand injury.
Head coach Todd McLellan updated both after practice on Tuesday, as the Sharks prepare to host Colorado on Wednesday.
“Marc-Edouard won’t play tomorrow, and he’ll be day-to-day,” McLellan said. “Mirco is likely done. His injury is a little more severe, and he’ll be done for the regular season.”
Vlasic was hurt in the first period on Saturday in Philadelphia after a hit, according to McLellan. He was medically re-evaluated on Monday after the Sharks returned from their road trip.
Vlasic has missed six games due to injury this season, including Sunday against Pittsburgh. The Sharks are 2-2-2 without him in the lineup.
The Sharks host Arizona on Friday, and visit the Coyotes on Saturday.
“We’re hoping that he can play Friday-Saturday, but it’s going to be day-to-day for awhile,” McLellan said.
Mueller, 19, will finish his rookie season with one goal, four points, 10 penalty minutes and a -8 rating in 39 games. He was hurt blocking a shot on March 26 in Detroit.
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At forward, Mike Brown could be ready to return on Wednesday. The Sharks reassigned forward Daniil Tarasov to Worcester on Tuesday, which could mean that Brown will be available.
The fourth liner has played just eight games this season, going scoreless with 13 penalty minutes. The Sharks are 7-1-0 when Brown is in the lineup.
“I’ve been out all year, basically, so I just want to get in, feel good, and feel good about my game,” Brown said.
Brown, 29, suffered a broken bone in his right leg on Dec. 9. Earlier, he broke a finger in his right hand in the second game of the season, which kept him out for six weeks.
McLellan was asked what the 29-year-old could accomplish, returning with just six games to go.
“He wants to get back into the lineup and make sure that his teammates know that he’s still here and willing to play hard for them,” McLellan said.
“We know he’ll do that, but for him it’s a case of satisfying that drive and that desire, plus the reward for sticking with the rehab is the ability to get in some games before it’s all said and done.”
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In goal, Alex Stalock is expected to start his third straight game. Antti Niemi was feeling under the weather on Sunday prior to the game with the Penguins, and is still not back to 100 percent.
“Obviously leaning towards Alex because of that, and Alex has played well the last two nights,” McLellan said.
Stalock has allowed just four goals over his last three starts, and was 1-0-1 over the weekend against the Flyers and Penguins in his first back-to-back starts since early December.