SAN JOSE — Sharks coach Todd McLellan said forward Raffi Torres will be ready to play in the postseason and added that the team will know more about forward Tomas Hertl's availability in the next day or two, pending medical reports.
McLellan said Torres, has not played since March 8 with soreness in his surgically repaired knee, will not dress for either of the next two games as the Sharks host Colorado on Friday and play at Phoenix on Saturday to close the regular season.
Hertl has not played since Dec. 19 in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown. Hertl had surgery Dec. 31 to repair his right posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, but has made steady progress in recent weeks as he skated with the team in practice.
Getting both players back for the playoffs would provide a huge boost to the Sharks, who are 4-5-2 since a six-game win streak from March 6-16.
"We'll know more in the next day or two," McLellan said when asked about Hertl. "It's been a long time since Tomas has played as well, so we're waiting for some doctors reports and we'll go from there."