Mar 23, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; San Jose Sharks forward Scott Gomez (23) against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Sharks 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Will Be Without Scott Gomez vs. Vancouver Canucks

When the San Jose Sharks kick off their postseason run with game one of their series against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, they will be without veteran forward Scott Gomez. Gomez has been out of action since April 23, when he took a huge hit against the Dallas Stars.

The Sharks announced that the 33-year-old would miss tonight’s game earlier in the day.

“He’s been a solid centerman for us,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan, per CSN Bay Area. “It affects us power play-wise, and what you don’t see or hear, it affects us on the bench and in the locker room.

“The guy has won two Stanley Cup championships. Over the last three weeks, he’s almost been like another coach for us. On the bench, he’s been able to direct guys to do things the right way and help us out – shift length, and that type of stuff. He’s been a big addition there. He won’t play tonight, but we’ll see where we’re at for Game 2.”

The Sharks and Canucks kick off their series at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight in the second game of the first-round double-header on NBC Sports Network. The New York Islanders travel to Consol Engery Center to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in game one.

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