SAN JOSE - The Sharks placed Marc-Edouard Vlasic on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller on Monday.
Vlasic, who was hit in the face with a shot on Dec. 30 against Philadelphia and didn't play on Saturday in Los Angeles, will miss at least Tuesday's game against the Kings and Thursday's game against the Wild, both at SAP Center. Coach Pete DeBoer reportedly called him "day-to-day" on Saturday.
Vlasic tweeted out a picture on New Year's Day, showing the damage that was done by Shayne Gostisbehere's slap shot that deflected up into his face off of Joel Ward's stick in the final minute of the Sharks' 2-0 win.
San Jose is 1-1 this season without Vlasic, beating the Maple Leafs in a shootout on Dec. 13, 3-2, and losing to the Kings on Saturday, 3-2. In 35 games, he has nine points (3g, 6a), a plus-one rating and 31 penalty minutes.
Mueller, who has yet to make his season debut with the Sharks, has no goals and eight assists in 25 games with the AHL Barracuda this season. The 21-year-old former first round pick in 2013 was recalled from Dec. 11-14, but did not play. In 50 career NHL games, Mueller has one goal and three assists for four points and a minus-12 rating.
David Schlemko also did not practice on Monday, for reasons that weren't immediately clear. Justin Braun was working with Brenden Dillon, while Mueller was paired with Dylan DeMelo.