Vlasic scored a goal and added an assist as the Sharks doubled up the Blues 6-3 in Game 5 on Monday. The man they call "Pickles" got back on the scoresheet after being held pointless in his last four, and is now up to 10 in 17 games this postseason. Before the dry spell, Vlasic enjoyed a five-game point streak in Round 2 against Nashville, so he's been very much an important piece of the Sharks' blue line -- both offensively and defensively -- throughout the playoffs. Also, although offensive dynamo Brent Burns receives the bulk of the fanfare when it comes to San Jose's defense corps, Vlasic leads the team with a plus-12 rating and is a major stabilizing force in front of goaltender Martin Jones.
Vlasic (lower body) will return to action Thursday for Game 1 of San Jose's first-round playoff series against the Kings, NHL.com's Eric Gilmore reports. Vlasic's return to action couldn't come at a better time for San Jose, as the Sharks will hope that the 29-year-old blueliner can be a key contributor in the team's tough first-round matchup with the Kings. The 2005 second-round pick has been great this season, notching eight goals and 31 assists with a plus-15 rating over 67 games. Those participating in playoff pools should definitely take a look at Vlasic when making their selections.
Vlasic (lower body) says he will "be ready" for Thursday's game 1 matchup with the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Unless materializes suggesting otherwise, those playing in playoff pools should draft the blueliner as if he was to be healthy for Game 1. The team should update his status as the week progresses, but all signs now point to him playing Thursday.
Despite an earlier report that suggested he may return for Saturday's regular-season finale, Vlasic (lower body) will actually miss the contest, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. There is a silver lining to the report, however, as he's expected to be ready for the team's first playoff game. While that doesn't do much for people finishing out their fantasy playoffs, those participating in playoff pools shouldn't hesitate to grab him. Vlasic, who owns 39 points through 67 games this season, should also provide an added boost to the Sharks as they attempt to buck the trend of an early playoff departure.
Vlasic (lower body) has a chance to play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Coyotes, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports. CSN Bay Area reports that Vlasic returned to the ice for practice last Saturday, adding that the defenseman would prefer to draw into a game before the playoffs begin. Still, it wouldn't be all that surprising if the Sharks don't turn to Pickles until the postseason.
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