SAN JOSE — Forward Tommy Wingels said he felt better Monday but did not practice or join the Sharks for their flight to Anaheim for their New Year's Eve game against the Ducks.
In the first period of Sunday's game against Anaheim, Wingels was hurt after he collided with Mark Fistric and crashed awkwardly into the boards. Wingels had played just 51 seconds on two shifts as he suffered an upper body injury and did not return to the game.
"Can't really put a time on it," Wingels said, "but I feel better today than I did yesterday and we'll see how it goes tomorrow and the day after that."
Wingels had played in all 39 games this year and had nine goals and 13 assists, both single season career highs. His injury depletes an already thin forward corps, as Tomas Hertl is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a knee injury, Marty Havlat is out with a lower body injury and both Raffi Torres and Adam Burish are still a few weeks away from being able to play in a game.
After Tuesday's game in Anaheim, the Sharks return home to play the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Burish and Havlat both skated Monday after practice. Burish, who had back surgery in October and has not played since the preseason, said he flew down to Los Angeles to meet with specialists last week and got a "great report."
Burish, who has been skating for the last two weeks, said there isn't a specific timetable for his return. But, like Torres, would like to be back right around the Olympic break in February.
"We're ahead of schedule but we're not rushing, we're not trying to be ahead of schedule," Burish said Monday. "With the way I've been healing and the work I've been doing with the trainers has been good, I feel great. Probably better than I thought I would or they thought I would."