San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov and defenseman Rob Blake will miss both games on the Sharks' upcoming road trip because of injuries.
Nabokov, second in the NHL with 32 victories, has missed five
games due to an undisclosed lower body injury. He didn't travel
with the Sharks on Monday to Minnesota for a trip that includes
games against the Wild and the St. Louis Blues.
Blake also stayed home after teammate Devin Setoguchi's slap
shot hit him in the foot during the Sharks' loss at Vancouver on
Saturday night. San Jose still is evaluating the severity of the
Veteran forward Claude Lemieux was forced to miss the trip, too,
because of an upper body injury, but forward Marcel Goc traveled
with the team. Goc hasn't played since Feb. 10 while recovering
from a lower body injury.
Sharks forwards Jeremy Roenick and Mike Grier likely are out
until the postseason due to injuries, as well.
San Jose has lost four of five, but still is tied with the
Detroit Red Wings atop the Western Conference with 94 points. Both
clubs are one point behind Boston for the overall NHL lead.