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Sharks' Thornton likely to miss Monday's game, could return during road trip

Bob Stanton / Reuters

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton missed his first game in more than four years when he sat out Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues, and it is likely he will miss at least one more game.

Thornton is doubtful for Monday's game in Winnipeg against the Jets but may return in one of the remaining contests on the team's three-game road trip.

“I doubt he’ll play tomorrow, but later in the trip, yes," head coach Todd McLellan said Sunday.

The Sharks face the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and the Blues again on Thursday.

Thornton is dealing with an upper-body injury, and according to the team's official roster page, he has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 31.

The Sharks have reportedly recalled center Freddie Hamilton from Worcester in a corresponding move.

Thornton's streak of 319 consecutive games played has come to an end. Thornton went nearly five years without missing a game due to injury.

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