According to general manager Doug Wilson, Couture (head) is close to being "all the way back," Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Couture missed the Sharks' final game before the NHL suspended play in March with a head injury, but it sounds like he should be ready to go if/when the league resumes its regular season. However, if the rest of the campaign is ultimately cancelled entirely, Couture will finish the year having totaled 16 goals and 39 points in 52 games.
Couture (head) is unlikely to join the Sharks during their road trip, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Assuming the narrative holds true, Couture will be sidelined through next Tuesday's game against the Avalanche at a minimum. More information on the veteran pivot's status should surface as he draws closer to a return to action, but the Sharks will certainly be missing some significant production up front.
Couture (head) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's clash with Chicago, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports. Couture has apparently already passed through the NHL's concussion protocol, but he's nonetheless still dealing with the repercussions of the puck he took to the face during Sunday's loss to Colorado. The 30-year-old pivot will hope to heal up in time for Friday's game against the Blues.
Couture left Sunday's game against Colorado and will not return. Couture took a deflected shot off the face in the first period and immediately went to the locker room. The team said that he is being evaluated, so an update on his status could be available after the game.
Couture notched a power-play helper, three hots on goal and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Couture is on a modest three-game point streak with two goals and an assist in that span. The center has 39 points (nine on the power play), 120 shots and a plus-3 rating through 49 contests. He's shown virtually no rust since returning from a broken ankle -- Couture can be trusted in fantasy lineups.
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