Hertl will need to spend two weeks in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Barring any changes to the schedule, the earliest Hertl could return will be March 12 in Anaheim. His absence will put the struggling Sharks even further behind the eight ball, as Hertl has been putting together a solid season with six goals and five helpers through 17 games.
Hertl was added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Wednesday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Thursday's game versus Vegas has already been postponed, but Hertl should be considered questionable at best for Saturday's matchup against St. Louis at this point. The 27-year-old winger has notched six goals and 11 points in 17 games this year.
Hertl scored his sixth goal of the season in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Golden Knights. His tally late in the second period brought the Sharks within a goal, but it was the only offense the team could muster all afternoon. Hertl has lit the lamp three times in the last two games -- the only goals the team has managed in that time -- and on the season he's produced 10 points in 13 games.
Hertl scored twice on four shots in Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Kings. Hertl tallied at even strength in the first period and got the Sharks within one with his power-play marker in the second. He was the only Shark to solve Kings goalie Cal Petersen in the contest. The two goals snapped a nine-game drought for the 27-year-old forward, during which he registered only three assists. Hertl is up to five tallies, nine points, 23 shots on net and a minus-4 rating in 12 outings this season.
Hertl posted an assist in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Wild. Hertl had the lone helper on Brent Burns' game-winning goal at 18:12 of the third period. Through six games, Hertl has been an effective presence on offense, with three goals and seven points. Four of his points have come on the power play, but he's not doing as well at even strength with a minus-6 rating. As long as he's at a point-per-game pace, he's a lock for virtual lineups.
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