Losing Couture would be a puck in the teeth for Sharks

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) skates off the ice after being injured during second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

At best, the Sharks’ Logan Couture only is missing a tooth.

A shot by teammate Brent Burns deflected off a stick and right into Couture’s face. A tooth appeared to fly out his mouth, and he immediately skated to the locker room.

ESPN reported Couture was taken to a hospital in Nashville. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer has not provided an update on his condition or his status for Tuesday’s game against the Rangers.

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Couture’s injury comes at a bad time. With the regular season winding down, San Jose enters Sunday tied for the Pacific Division lead with the Anaheim and Edmonton.

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau on possibly losing Couture:

“You can’t replace him, so it would be really tough. But if that is the case, then guys are going to have to pull up the slack. Definitely we hope he’s back sooner.”

CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz explains the situation:

Losing Couture would be a devastating blow to a team that has lost six in a row in regulation, including Saturday night’s 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the Predators. Couture is third on the team in scoring with 52 points, and has a team-leading 11 power play goals. He entered Saturday’s game with four goals and five assists in his last 10 games, seemingly heating up since the All-Star break.

What do you think? If Couture misses any time, how much will that affect the Sharks’ playoff push?

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