Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: concussion
I’ve been holding my breath about this game against the Oilers. Even after watching the Sharks run through a lengthy review session on Monday, I couldn’t find much to tell me what is likely to happen tonight. Is there ever, really, aside from who will start in goal?
As Mark Emmons tweeted, Martin Havlat was skating well yesterday morning. He participated in all the drills, even line rushes of a sort. His “line” was three guys in orange, Ferriero and Winchester being the other two. They all ran the same drills everyone else did.
McLellan spent a lot of time on instruction yesterday. He was out there talking and directing for the better part of an hour. He didn’t have the super-sized white board but I think this was pretty close to that episode.
When I arrived at practice this morning, the first thing I looked for was Douglas Murray’s expression. He was smiling again. Sure, maybe someone had just said something funny to him but I thought it was too much of a coincidence that, during the last two practices, he has been smiling a whole lot. I compare this to the tail end of his last recovery: he did not smile, he very clearly expressed frustration until the day he was cleared to play. He doesn’t like not playing and he is not very good at hiding it. Predictably, there’s a veritable glow about him when he knows he will be able to play.
I wonder if having a lousy poker face is a problem for Douglas Murray. I guess it doesn’t much matter, during a game, if you can gauge his mood. What are you going to do about it?
Murray is ready to play (no matter what Woodcroft says, come ON, the guy’s wearing a flashing neon “Good to go!” sign), Couture is probably back, all kinds of good news coming in. If that’s not enough to chase your blues away, what will it take?