SAN JOSE — The Sharks fly to Denver on Friday afternoon to begin a three-game road trip Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche, but forward Tyler Kennedy is staying behind to battle the flu.
"We're flu-bound with him and that's not a good thing considering our injuries," coach Todd McLellan said. "And we know how that flu can rapidly travel through teams."
Kennedy already has missed one game as the flu kept him out of the lineup when the Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
McLellan said that injured forward Tommy Wingels will be on the plane to Denver, but won't play Saturday afternoon against Colorado.
"We'll see after that," the coach said, referring to games Sunday in Chicago and Tuesday night in Nashville.
Wingels suffered an upper body injury in the first period of Monday night's 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks when he collided awkwardly along the boards with Ducks defensean Mark Fistric. McLellan did not provide details of the injury other than to say it did not involve the head.
Sharks forward Mike Brown had a rough final minute of the 5-1 victory over Edmonton as he was twice hit by a teammate's shot. Defenseman Matt Irwin fired the first one that hit Brown in the leg, the Freddie Hamilton fired with a blast that hit Brown in the back while he was lying on the ice.
McLellan gave Brown a maintenance day Friday, but said he'd be able to play against the Avalanche after that tough shift.
"He's a tough guy," the coach said.