DENVER — The injury-plagued Sharks could have another new face in the lineup when they meet the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon.

Forward Eriah Hayes got the call-up from Worcester and arrived from Boston around midnight after a day of weather-delayed travel. Hayes, 25, is a first-year pro after playing four years at Minnesota State-Mankato.

In a sense, Hayes is an insurance policy if Mike Brown cannot play after a rough final shift against Edmonton. Brown was hit twice by shots fired by his own teammates. Coach Todd McLellan said he expected Brown to be able to play Saturday.

Of Hayes, who stands 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, McLelland said: "He's a big man, skates well, shoots the puck a ton. He has a lot of shots on goal (for Worcester), hasn't produced a lot of goals as of yet, but that's the type of game he has to play."

Hayes said he didn't think his weather delays will have any impact on his game if he plays.

"I feel like I got my eight hours last night," he said. "I don't know how you can't be excited and up for an opportunity like this, so I'll be ready to go."

Brown was still shaking his head over his last shift in the Edmonton game. First he was hit by a Matt Irwin shot. Then he was hit by a Freddie Hamilton shot.

"It was all kind of flukey," Brown said. "I just go to the front of the net, stick in the nose, get a shot in the foot and, then when I went down, got a shot in the back.

"When you go down on a shot, you almost always think, "What if I were to get hit with another shot while I'm down?' You always think like that, but it never happens. This time it happened, and I was like 'What the . . . ???' "

The shot to the foot did the most damage, but Brown said he thought he would be able to play. The shot to the back?

"Just felt like someone punched me," he said.

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