Martin Havlat has been missing from action since he went down with an undisclosed lower-body injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against the Canucks. But Havlat is expected to be back in the Sharks lineup in Game 3 Saturday against the Kings.
And not a moment too soon.
“There’s a good chance he’ll play,” Coach Todd McLellan said after his team’s morning skate before Game 3 of its series with the Los Angeles Kings. “He’s come to see me, he thinks he’s ready to go so we’ll find a spot for him.”
Havlat has been a disappointment since the Sharks brought him over in trade with Minnesota for Dany Heatley two years ago, but the winger has a knack for breaking out in the playoffs. In 73 career postseason appearances, he’s tallied 53 points.
Where Havlat will play is still open to debate. It boils down to two likely scenarios: put him on the third line with Tommy Wingels and Scott Gomez, who’s played well on the line after the shake-up in the Torres aftermath, or match him with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau on the second line and bump Joe Pavelski down the third, where he’s previously played well.