Torres uncertain for playoff opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Raffi Torres is making progress but it's still unclear whether he'll play for the San Jose Sharks in their playoff opener Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Torres missed all but five games during the regular season after undergoing surgery on Sept. 26 to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. The Sharks forward missed the first 59 regular-season games and returned to play the next five of six before sitting out the final 17.

Torres said he probably won't know until game day whether he'll be in the lineup for the Sharks when the first-round series opens in San Jose.

"Today was a better day," Torres said after practice Tuesday. "I feel like we're getting on the right track. So I feel good about that. It will probably be Thursday when we make a decision, but today was a better day for sure."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Torres "looked really good."

"He looked fresh and alert and looked like he was Raff, the way he's supposed to look," McLellan said.

Torres was injured on Sept. 20 in a collision with Anaheim Ducks forward Emerson Etem during an exhibition game. He underwent surgery six days later.

After the NHL's break for the Sochi Olympics, Torres made his season debut on Feb. 28 against the Philadelphia Flyers and scored two goals in a 7-3 victory. He took the next game off then played four straight games, scoring a goal and recording two assists during that stretch as the Sharks beat New Jersey, lost to Carolina then beat Pittsburgh and Montreal.

Torres appeared to have made a successful recovery from knee surgery, but that Montreal game on March 8 turned out to be his last regular-season appearance.

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