Erik Karlsson injury update: Sharks defenseman out for next 2 games

Erik Karlsson will be sidelined for the Sharks’ remaining two games before the All-Star break.

The San Jose defenseman has a lower-body injury and was scratched before the Sharks’ 6-3 loss to the Lightning Saturday.

While Karlsson won’t play in Monday’s game against the Panthers or Tuesday’s game against the Capitals, coach Peter DeBoer remained mum on whether Karlsson will play in Saturday’s All-Star game, which will be hosted by San Jose.

“I just want to get him healthy, so if he’s healthy enough, I would hope he’ll play (in the All-Star Game),” DeBoer said, via NHL.com. “And I know he would play. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that he’s healthy enough to play.”

Karlsson is one of three Sharks on the All-Star roster, along with forward Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns.

It marks the sixth time Karlsson has been nominated to an All-Star team, and this will be his first appearance as a Shark if he is healthy enough to play.

Karlsson, 28, was acquired by the Sharks in September via a trade from the Senators. In 47 games this season, he has scored 43 points (three goals, 40 assists), which is second on the team behind Burns.