The San Jose Sharks have found themselves backed up against a wall in facing the Los Angeles Kings. Entering Game 3 against he defending Stanley Cup champions, the Sharks are in a deep 0-2 hole but they’re hoping their fortunes change with the likely return of forward Martin Havlat in Game 3.
McLellan says “good chance” Havlat will play. Said Havlat came to him and said he’s ready
— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 18, 2013
The Sharks swept past the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs but they’ve run into a brick wall in the Los Angeles Kings. It was a slow start to the playoffs for the Kings but after taking care of the St. Louis Blues, the Kings seem to be in tip-top shape and unstoppable against San Jose.
Havlat has missed the last five games and hasn’t played since Game 1 against the Canucks a few weeks ago. But all signs point to him returning on Saturday night and the Sharks ail welcome him and his production back.
“He’s come to see me, he thinks he’s ready to go, so we’ll find a spot for him,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said, via ESPN. “His experience is important, he’s played a number of games at the playoff level. He’s an older player, he’s been through a lot. But I want a good, hard honest effort from Marty.
I want him to bring his ‘A’ game. I want him to compete hard all over the rink and make a difference. But, you could ask me about 19 other players that are going to dress and I would tell you the exact same thing.”
The Sharks need him back, but it’s yet to be seen if his return will tip the series or not.