Matt Nieto’s lower-body damage will stay him out of the San Jose Sharks’ lineup for much longer than anticipated.
Sharks trainer Bob Boughner mentioned Thursday that Nieto hasn’t been skating in contemporary days, including that the winger had a “setback” all through his rehabilitation.
When Nieto used to be put on injured reserve remaining weekend, the Sharks have been hopeful he may just go back someday subsequent week. Now the timeline seems a lot much less transparent.
“A bit bit, I assume it’s essential name a setback,” Boughner mentioned of Nieto’s damage. “It’s not anything that calls for surgical operation or anything else loopy like that, nevertheless it’s simply one thing that we concept can be day by day and would heal so much quicker, and it’s simply type of nagging.”
Nieto hasn’t performed since March 19 when the Sharks misplaced to the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in extra time. Nieto used to be averaging 14:00 of ice time according to recreation and is among the Sharks’ best penalty killers. He has seven issues in 28 video games this season.
Nieto is ready to turn into an unrestricted loose agent on the finish of the season and may have doubtlessly garnered passion from different groups previous to the April 12 NHL industry closing date. Now, given the uncertainly of when he’ll be capable of go back, he almost certainly will probably be staying put.
The Sharks have long gone 4-3-0 with out Nieto and input Friday’s highway recreation with Los Angeles tied for 7th position within the West Department, 4 issues out of the fourth and ultimate playoff spot.
GAMBRELL SORE: Sharks heart Dylan Gambrell’s availability for Friday’s recreation with the Kings is in query after he blocked a shot from Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter overdue within the 3rd length of Wednesday’s recreation.
Boughner mentioned Gambrell used to be saved off the ice Thursday morning however is slated to skate Friday morning in Los Angeles to gauge his skill to play within the recreation. The block, which led to Gambrell to fall to the ice momentarily, got here because the Sharks have been killing a penalty to Patrick Marleau. The Sharks killed the penalty and gained the sport 4-2.
VIEL’S RISING STOCK: Ahead Jeffrey Viel earned kudos for his play Wednesday and all indicators level to him being again within the lineup Friday in his 3rd immediately NHL recreation.
Viel were given right into a struggle with Wild ahead Luke Johnson in his first NHL shift Monday, and used to be credited with 3 hits in 8:23 of ice time in Wednesday’s recreation.
One hit got here on Joel Eriksson Ek in the second one length, as he flattened the Wild ahead within the open ice. Only a few seconds later, an annoyed Matt Dumba knocked down Viel at the back of the Minnesota internet, which, in some way, created a scoring probability in entrance of the web for Patrick Marleau.
“Each and every time I am getting a possibility to complete a test on any person, particularly on one in every of their absolute best gamers, I’m going to take it and take a look at to profit from it,” Viel mentioned. “At the forecheck, it’s going to be the similar factor. Each and every time I am getting a possibility, I’m going to take that.”
No longer strangely, there used to be a scrum with Viel, Eriksson Ek and Dumba in entrance of the web after the whistle.
“He turns out to at all times be within the combine when there’s a pile-up or there’s a play across the internet,” Boughner mentioned of Viel. “He performs with that tendency and I believe he will get beneath the opposite workforce’s pores and skin, however he made some just right performs at the wall.
“He saved it easy and he performed in immediately traces. He’s a man that is aware of his recreation and he doesn’t attempt to overcomplicate it. He remains in his personal lane and he’s just right at that.”