As the San Jose Sharks try to nail down the top seed in the Western Conference, they would like to have their leading scorer available for the start of a four-game trip.
Thornton, who leads the team with 66 assists and 85 points, sat out a 4-3 win over Colorado on Sunday after leaving Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Vancouver with a lower-body injury. Thornton had played in 398 consecutive games and had not missed one since Oct. 18, 2005.
“It’s day to day,” coach Todd McLellan said. “He’ll continue to get treatments.”
“Everyone had to step up. Joe has played every game since he’s been here,” Setoguchi said. “It’s a change we have to adjust to. But we have a pretty deep team up front with our forwards and we were able to get some offense with him out of the lineup.”
San Jose (47-19-10) is ahead of Phoenix and Chicago in the race for the best record in the West, thanks to a four-game win streak that has followed an 0-5-1 stretch.
Thornton has four assists in five games against Dallas (33-29-14) this season.
Evgeni Nabokov(notes) is expected to return for his third start this month against the Stars, having had vastly different results in the first two. He allowed four goals on 17 shots before being replaced by Greiss in an 8-2 road loss March 16, then recorded his third shutout and 50th of his career with 27 saves in a 3-0 victory Thursday.
Nabokov had gone 8-0-0 with a 1.43 GAA in his last nine starts in Dallas before the loss earlier this month, and the eight goals allowed are San Jose’s season high.
Ribeiro is fourth on the team with 50 points. The Stars have not announced whether he will play Wednesday.
“We knew we were going to be short-handed, but we felt it was the important and right thing to do long-term,” coach Marc Crawford said. “You have to have people that trust and do the things that they need to do - in any business. Sometimes you don’t get the benefit right away. Usually your guys dig in, and they did.”