Ryane Clowe said there never was any doubt. Whatever the nagging injury was that sidelined him the final three games of the season would not cause him to miss a shift once the playoffs arrived.

So it really was no surprise Monday when he pronounced himself good to go after practice as the Sharks began preparations for their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, which begins Thursday at HP Pavilion.

"I knew I'd be back," Clowe said after spending more than an hour on the ice. "Even if there was some uncertainty, I wasn't going to not play."

But Clowe didn't sound uncertain. In fact, he said he probably could have played Saturday in the season finale.

"It didn't feel great," said Clowe, who set career highs this season with 24 goals and 62 points, "but I knew if it had to be done, I could have played."

The Sharks are as healthy as they have been in weeks with defenseman Kent Huskins the only regular not cleared to play when the postseason begins. But Huskins has been practicing with teammates, and coach Todd McLellan said the veteran could be an option midway through the Los Angeles series.