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Erik Karlsson Will Sit While Dealing With A Groin Issue

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

Erik Karlsson will be sidelined for the rest of the week. The Sharks aren’t planning to shut him down as an extra precaution before the playoffs.

Head coach Pete DeBoer said after practice on Thursday that Karlsson will miss a minimum of two games with a lower-body injury that he believes is a re-tweak of the groin ailment that shelved him for 10-recent games. At this point, the Sharks are awaiting test results to confirm the nature of Karlsson’s injury.

Karlsson skipped the third period of Tuesday’s game in Boston after he left the ice during the second period, returned and then struggled throughout the remaining 8:20 of the frame. Though the Sharks want Karlsson to get fully healthy from a groin ailment that has plagued him since Jan. 15, the team isn’t planning to shut him down for an extended break leading into the playoffs.

“We’re going to hold him out until we don’t have to,” DeBoer said. “You can’t put this guy in a bubble and roll him out the first playoff game. He’s got to play games when he’s healthy enough to play games.”

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