Karlsson (illness) is expected to play Sunday afternoon against the Devils, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. The celebrated rearguard missed Saturday's practice due to the illness, but Karlsson isn't in much danger of missing the upcoming contest since Sharks coach Peter DeBoer thinks the Swede will be fine. Karlsson is still figuring out the nuances of San Jose's system -- hence his minus-4 rating -- but he does have three assists (one on the power play) over his first give games with Team Teal.
Karlsson missed practice Saturday afternoon due to an illness, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he'll see how Karlsson is feeling ahead of Sunday's road game against the Devils. Given how Karlsson is arguably the league's top offensive defenseman, the Sharks will have trouble keeping details of his status close to the proverbial vest.
Karlsson racked up two assists -- including a power-play helper -- in Tuesday's 8-2 road rout over the Flyers. Did you think one of the NHL's premier offensive defensemen was going to be kept off the scoresheet in such a high-scoring game for Team Teal? Well, in fairness, Karlsson did only have one point (assist) through his first three games, but the Swede with supreme on-ice vision is looking more comfortable with his new team upon each game.
Karlsson delivered a secondary assist on the game-winning goal Friday night, helping the Sharks to a 3-2 overtime win over the Kings. It was the star defenseman's first point with his new team. Karlsson has averaged 28:08 of ice time through his first two games in teal. The overtime frame and limited sample size obviously skew the playing-time figure, but rest assured the Sharks will give Karlsson all of the minutes he can handle. After recording a lone shot in his team debut, the elite rearguard directed the puck at Jonathan Quick four times Friday, though he came up empty and didn't strike at all on the man advantage. Fret not, as the power-play goals and assists will come soon enough for Karlsson as he learns how to maximize efficiency alongside another top-tier blueliner in Brent Burns on the No. 1 power-play unit.
Karlsson was held without a point in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Ducks. Karlsson led all skaters in ice time (26:48), finishing a minus-2. Despite failing to register a point, the Swedish superstar is bound to have a big year with the Sharks. One game will not define Karlsson's tenure with his new team, and pointless nights are sure to be a rarity for No. 65 in 2018-19. As a result, fantasy owners can expect him to start racking up points sooner rather than later.
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