As the Sharks prepare for their toughest test of the year, Pete Deboer informed the media that Tomas Hertl was not ready to join the team just yet.
DeBoer on Hertl: "Hertl is making progress, getting better every day. Won't play tonight.” #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) June 12, 2016
The beginning of that tweet started so beautifully. I thought, surely, we would be getting a surprise in this penultimate game. Hertl may very well be getting close to returning but until I see it with my own eyes, I will believe that Deboer is playing mind games with the Penguins.
Tonight is going to be a roller coaster ride, isn't it?
Joonas Donskoi – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Melker Karlsson
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Dainius Zubrus – Nick Spaling – Tommy Wingels
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Conor Sheary – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin – Nick Bonino – Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl – Matt Cullen – Eric Fehr
Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Ben Lovejoy
Ian Cole – Justin Schultz