Karlsson posted an assist with three shots and two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7. Karlsson managed two assists in seven games while adding 11 shots on goal. He has been used mostly on the fourth line in the playoffs, which has given him little opportunity to correct his scoring struggles. However, he had only 16 points in 79 regular-season games, so there's not a high ceiling on his production.
Karlsson registered an assist and two shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 3. The helper snapped a 17-game pointless run. Karlsson last found his way onto the scoresheet on March 14 with a goal in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers. Karlsson has skated on the fourth line in the playoffs, so there's little reason to expect a burst of offense for the 28-year-old winger.
Karlsson (undisclosed) will play in Friday's Game 1 matchup against Colorado, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Karlsson missed practice Thursday due to an undisclosed issue. The Swede didn't contribute much in the Sharks' first-round series against Vegas, but he did rack up 11 hits and six blocked shots over all seven contests. Karlsson could provide some key depth up front for the Sharks, who are low on healthy bodies in that area.
Karlsson's status for Friday's Game 1 against the Avalanche is unclear, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Karlsson missed practice Thursday, which was an early indicator that he was less than 100 percent. While the winger didn't provide anything from an offensive standpoint during the opening series versus the Golden Knights, he did rack up 11 hits and six blocked shots over the seven contests. With the Sharks low on healthy bodies up front, Karlsson's health could hold added importance for Game 1.
Karlsson's 12th goal of the year gave the Sharks a lead, but they ultimately fell 4-2 to the Panthers on Thursday. Karlsson has three goals in seven games in March, which puts him at 16 points in 71 contests this season. The Swedish winger has scored between 19 and 24 points in each of his previous four seasons, and appears on track to land in that range again this year. He's a proven fourth-liner, but that's about it.
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