Joe Pavelski injury update: Sharks don't expect captain to play in Game 1 vs. Avalanche

The Sharks are likely to be without their captain in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Avalanche.

Coach Peter DeBoer told reporters Thursday he does not expect the forward to be on the ice in San Jose.

“I saw him this morning. He’s OK. I mean, I would term him day-to-day. I don’t think he’s going to play (in Game 1),” DeBoer said, via ESPN.

Pavelski suffered a head injury when he took a check from Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin and a subsequent bit of contact from Paul Stastny in San Jose’s 5-4 double-overtime Game 7 win over Vegas on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old was left bloody on the ice before he was helped off by teammates.

San Jose was down 3-0 at that point in the third period, but due to a five-minute major handed to Eakin for the foul, the Sharks went on the power play and scored four unanswered goals to take the lead with minutes left to go.

Vegas would tie the game back up 4-4, but San Jose ultimately won in overtime.

The play drew some controversy as Eakin was ultimately called for the penalty for a shot to the head when, upon review, it was seen he caught Pavelski in the chest.

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault had some harsh words about the incident after the game.

“It’s a f—ing joke. To call five minutes for that? It changed the whole outcome of the game,” Marchessault said. “Like, seriously, what is that? It’s so disappointing. The game’s not even close. It’s 3-0. Call a (two-minute minor)? OK. But a five? For something you don’t even see? You just call the outcome. It’s a f—ing joke. It’s embarrassing. That’s what it is.”

The officials from the game in question will not work the second round of the playoffs.