Hertl (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's must-win Game 6 against the Blues, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The injury bug couldn't have hit the Sharks at a worse time. Hertl and Erik Karlsson (undisclosed) have already been ruled out of Game 6, and captain Joe Pavelski has been labeled a game-time decision for the must-win match. Hertl can only hope that his teammates will be able to pull off the upset on the road Tuesday to give him an opportunity to rejoin the lineup for Game 7 in San Jose on Thursday.
Hertl (undisclosed) did not play in the third period of Sunday's Game 5 loss to St. Louis, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Hertl scored his first goal of the series in Game 4 but didn't get much going in Game 5 as his Sharks were shut out. It's unclear when or how the 25-year-old was injured, but his status for Game 6 on Tuesday is up in the air.
Hertl scored a power-play goal on two shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Hertl had been held off the scoresheet in the first three games of the series before finding twine on the man advantage. It would be the Sharks' only goal of the game, which leaves the series tied at two games apiece ahead of Sunday's Game 5. Hertl has 10 goals and five helpers in 18 contests in the playoffs.
Hertl scored a goal on four shots and added an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7. Hertl finished the series with six points in seven games while taking 24 shots on goal. For the playoffs overall, Hertl has 14 points in as many games as one of the top point producers for the Sharks.
Hertl scored both goals for the Sharks in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Avalanche in Game 5. Hertl hadn't scored since Game 7 of the first round, but he accounted for all of the Sharks' offense in Saturday's win, which puts them ahead 3-2 in the series. He is up to eight goals and four helpers in 12 postseason contests. Hertl remains a top fantasy option in playoff formats.
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