SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks will be without top-line forward Tomas Hertl for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Coach Peter DeBoer said Hertl will miss Saturday's game with a lower-body injury. Dainius Zubrus will return to the lineup for San Jose with Melker Karlsson likely moving up to the wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.
Hertl scored one of San Jose's three goals in the series against the Pittsburg Penguins. His absence will make coming back from a 2-0 series deficit more difficult. DeBoer says Hertl has arguably been the Sharks' best player during the first two games.
Hertl has six goals and five assists in 20 playoff games this season.