Setoguchi, Vesce miss game with leg injuries
PHILADELPHIA — Both Devin Setoguchi and Ryan Vesce were out of the lineup Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers because of leg injuries suffered in San Jose's 4-3 victory over Atlanta the previous night.
Taking their place were Logan Couture — playing in his first NHL game after being the No. 9 player taken overall in the 2007 NHL draft — and Jamie McGinn. Both players were called up from the Sharks development team in Worcester.
The Sharks held an optional practice at the Wachovia Center on Sunday morning, and Vesce took a quick spin on the ice before deciding he wasn't ready to go. Setoguchi was in the building getting treatments but did not skate. The coaching staff is treating both injuries as day-to-day and minor, though additional details were not available.
"It's a little sore today," Setoguchi said of the injury that occurred in the first period when he was clearing the puck out of the defensive zone and was hit by Thrashers forward Evander Kane.
"It was an awkward hit," Setoguchi continued. "You never know. Ice it and it could feel better tomorrow. "... You could see me very soon."
Vesce said he was hurt late in the third period, also on the receiving end of an awkward hit.
Assistant coach Trent Yawney, who ran the optional practice in Todd McLellan's absence, said neither injury was considered serious.
"Injuries do happen and it's been a long trip," he said. "Usually it doesn't matter how good your condition is, they always tend to occur at the end of road trips."
Sharks coach Todd McLellan used Couture at center between Jody Shelley and Brad Staubitz. McGinn started the game at wing on a line with Scott Nichol and Jed Ortmeyer.
Couture had four goals and six assists in seven games with Worcester this season. McGinn had three goals and two assists in four games in the minors.
— DAVID POLLAK