Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is a game-time decision for Game 7 vs. the Avalanche in San Jose on Wednesday.
DeBoer confirms Pavelski is out tonight.
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Pavelski, 34, is listed as day-to-day with a head injury he suffered against the Golden Knights, and coach Peter DeBoer is still unsure when he will be able to come back exactly.
“I’m not hiding anything,” DeBoer said Tuesday. “He’s day to day. He’s getting better every day. We’re going to make a decision on game day whether he’s going to be available or not. I don’t have anything more for you. There’s nothing hidden. There’s no secret information here.
“He’d be playing right now if he had a clean bill of health.”
Pavelski suffered the head injury when he took a check from Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin and a subsequent contact from Paul Stastny before hitting his head on the ice after he fell during San Jose’s 5-4 double-overtime Game 7 win last week. He 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.
Pavelski revealed he needed eight staples to close his head wound. While he is skating and now training with the team, neither he nor the team has provided a timetable for his return.