Couture told reporters Tuesday that he's still dealing with the aftermath of taking a puck to the face against the Predators on March 25, Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California reports. Couture wore a full face shield during the Sharks' opening-round series against the Oilers, but never seemed to be fully recovered. The center managed to record two goals and an assist, but he was unable to will his team to victory. Barring a significant setback, the 28-year-old figures to be ready to go for training camp and the 2017-18 campaign.
Couture scored two goals -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 7-0 Game 4 win over the Oilers. Couture's second goal of the night made it 5-0 and chased Cam Talbot just past the halfway point. The talented center had been held without a point in Games 1 through 3 after entering this series with 66 points in 80 career playoff appearances. Talbot had shut out San Jose in each of the previous two games, so this result was a pleasant surprise for Couture and the Sharks.
Couture (mouth) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against Edmonton, Marc Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports. Couture will likely be playing through some discomfort while sporting extra facial protection against the Oilers, but his presence in the lineup will be extra important Wednesday, as the Sharks will be without Joe Thornton (knee) in Game 1. Couture, who was the leading scorer in last season's playoffs, will center Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson on San Jose's first line Wednesday evening.
Couture (mouth) is considered a game-time decision for Wednesday's playoff opener on the road against the Oilers, NHL.com reports. Couture reportedly practiced Monday and Tuesday, but Sharks coach Peter DeBoer stopped short of saying that the punchy pivot will be ready to go for Game 1. "I think it was just nice to have him out there two practices in a row," DeBoer said. "I think every time he's on the ice, he feels better about where he's at."
Couture (mouth) practiced Monday, the Mercury News reports. Couture, who missed the last seven games of the regular season after taking a puck to the mouth back on March 25, is considered day-to-day, but as Wednesday's playoff opener against Edmonton approaches, both he and Joe Thornton are progressing toward a return to action.
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