Sharks captain Joe Pavelski traveled with the team to Colorado and skated with teammates Monday morning ahead of the night’s Game 6 against the Avalanche in the Western Conference semifinals, a major step, but won’t play in Denver, coach Peter DeBoer confirmed after the morning skate, per multiple reports.
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, but no official announcement has been made yet on his status for Game 6.
The Sharks lead the series, 3-2, with a chance to close it out on Colorado’s home ice. Game time is 10 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network).
“He’s getting better every day,” DeBoer said earlier, adding that there was a chance Pavelski could return during the Avalanche series.
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.