It appears that San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will not be skating Monday night for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, after suffering a lower-body injury in Game 2. Hertl was not able to suit up for Saturday’s overtime win in Game 3 in San Jose and will miss San Jose’s second home game of this Finals. The first-line winger is currently listed as day-to-day.
It is unclear when exactly Hertl suffered the lower-body injury in Game 2, but it’s bothering him enough to keep him out of another game and this week’s team practices. San Jose got their first win in the series without Hertl on Saturday night, starting Melker Karlsson in Hertl’s place with the Thornton and Pavelski line – although Logan Couture was put in that line fairly often after coach Peter DeBoer started making changes. Karlsson is the likely candidate to start again in Hertl’s place on Monday night.
The team will truly feel the absence of Hertl in this series, however; especially since he was the team’s best playing forward in the first two games of the series. Hertl scored in the Game 1 loss in Pittsburgh and was a constant threat on the forecheck for the entirety of Game 1 and 2. His work ethic and heart will truly be missed by this Sharks team who desperately needs to win Game 4 to remain afloat against this cup-hungry Penguins squad.