Erik Karlsson was to undergo tests on his lower-body injury Tuesday, leaving the San Jose Sharks defenseman's status unclear for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center in San Jose on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
"He went home to California for some testing, and don't have the results and no update," coach Peter DeBoer said before the Sharks played the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Tuesday. "I guess it'll all be depending on what those (test) results are. I know he wants to play. If there's a possible way that he can play without hurting himself, then he's going to play."
Karlsson had been playing through the injury before he sat out a 6-2 loss at the Florida Panthers on Monday. The Sharks' mandatory five-day break follows 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, and they won't play their next game until Feb. 2 at home against the Arizona Coyotes, so Karlsson will have extensive rest to recover if he doesn't play in the All-Star Game.
Karlsson was one of three players selected to represent the host Sharks in the All-Star Game, along with forward Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns.