SAN JOSE – Rookie Jonathan Dahlen was an essential portion of the Sharks’ lineup in the first fifty percent of the time, furnishing some badly essential scoring punch in the prime-six ahead group.
Now Dahlen’s obtaining difficulty obtaining into online games, even as the Sharks keep on being desperate for offense.
Dahlen, who is fourth on the Sharks with 11 objectives in 45 game titles, will be a nutritious scratch for the next time in a 7 days Saturday night time as San Jose faces the Boston Bruins at SAP Heart.
Dahlen also sat for the Sharks’ match from the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday and was reinserted for Thursday’s video game with the New York Islanders. But he was on the ice for the Sharks’ to start with two aims against in what would grow to be a 4-3 shootout get for San Jose.
Dahlen had just 8:22 of ice time, as he was moved from the next line to the fourth line following a handful of shifts. Before the Sharks returned from the NHL all-star break Dahlen was averaging near to 15 minutes for every game.
The Sharks are starved for offense, as they’ve scored just 23 objectives in their very last 10 games with no defenseman Erik Karlsson. Dahlen has 4 points in that time, tied for sixth-most among all Sharks’ forwards, but Boughner has felt that he has not been good sufficient in his possess close.
Dahlen has 20 factors this season but has a mixed rating of -4 in his very last four games.
“In a perfect globe, I’d like to get him back again up in that top rated six and I’m positive he will,” Boughner reported Saturday. “He’s a man that can put the puck in the internet and which is obviously what we have to have, so it hurts a very little little bit owning him out.
“But at the exact time, I have to retain folks accountable and I have to go off the final video game. He went in the very last activity and I had to readjust him off that line. He was on for a few of objectives down reduced and I just didn’t see more than enough.”
Tiredness could be an concern. Dahlen has never ever performed more than 57 video games in any a single typical period, and by getting on the west coastline, the Sharks have just one of the far more difficult travel predicaments in the NHL.
“There was some analytics and some advanced studies that haven’t been that fantastic for a long time,” Dahlen reported right before Thursday’s recreation. “I get that be aware and I will consider to do these points way better.”
The Sharks’ fourth line of Jasper Weatherby and wingers Jeffrey Viel and Jonah Gadjovich definitely functions some dimensions, as the trio averages 6-foot-3 and in excess of 210 pounds.
Boughner said Dahlen will very likely be back again in the lineup Sunday when the Sharks host the Seattle Kraken.
“It’s an interior competition each and every night time,” Boughner stated. “Viel and Gadjovich are fellas that are stepping it up in their individual way. With back again-to-again video games, it is probably a good point. We’ll almost certainly set (Dahlen) again in (Sunday) and use our bench as a great deal as achievable and use our roster as a great deal as feasible.”
BALCERS UPDATE: No Sharks ahead has been by far more overall health issues about the previous a few months than Rudolfs Balcers, who will overlook his 2nd straight video game Saturday with an higher-human body harm.
Balcers was hurt on a strike into the conclude boards by Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell on Tuesday and does not have a clear timeline for a return.
Just before the Sharks played Anaheim, Balcers blocked a shot in the Sharks’ Feb. 14 video game with Edmonton and skipped the Feb. 17 recreation with Vancouver. He also expended time previous month in COVID-19 protocol, forcing him to skip 3 games from Jan. 20 to 26. Just prior to that, he skipped 13 video games from Dec. 5 to Jan. 11 with a knee damage.
In all, Balcers has been in a position to engage in just 9 of the Sharks’ last 28 games, like Saturday. He has four ambitions and an guide in that time.
“I’ve under no circumstances seen anything like it,” Boughner mentioned. “Every time he gets back, a thing transpires exactly where he will take a move backward. It is hard to see since he set jointly a few or four or five game titles (very last month) the place he’s scoring and is feeling very good about his recreation.
“So just yet another setback and I never think this will be much too extensive.”
Knowing how important he’s grow to be to the Sharks, Boughner reported Balcers has some work to do in the offseason to get more powerful and participate in a comprehensive 82 games. Balcers has 15 details in 33 games this time as he’s usually played in the best-6 when he’s been healthy.
“I know he’s a minor depressed and upset,” Boughner stated. “I assume that it is frustrating as a player. No one particular wishes to be in the trainer’s place, no one wants to be in the fat space, rehabbing all yr. These fellas get compensated to play and they adore doing it, so I know he’s not not joyful about it.”