After playing in the last two games of the Winnipeg series, and then all seven contests in Round 2 against Dallas, there’s some uncertainty regarding Carl Gunnarsson’s status for the Western Conference finals against San Jose.
The last of Gunnarsson’s 26 shifts in Tuesday’s Game 7 victory over Dallas came with 3 minutes 2 seconds remaining in the first overtime. The veteran defenseman was on the bench but not on the ice at all in the second overtime, which ended when Pat Maroon’s goal gave St. Louis at 2-1 victory at the 5:50 mark.
Gunnarsson did not participate in an optional skate Thursday at the IceZone in Hazelwood.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” interim coach Craig Berube said.
Berube said it was a lower-body issue for Gunnarsson, who played in only 25 regular-season games due to a variety of issues.
He did not play his first regular-season game until Nov. 1 as he completed rehab and recovery from hip and knee surgeries last spring. He then missed the final month and a half of the 2018 calendar year and then most of February and March with a nagging wrist injury.
When Gunnarsson has been on the ice, he’s been solid as usual, a calming influence on the defense who’s positionally sound, and good at maneuvering in tight areas.
In nine games this postseason, Gunnarsson doesn’t have a goal or assist. He’s plus-1 and has averaged 15:44 of ice time.