SAN JOSE -- Joe Pavelski won't play for the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS).
The forward is day to day with an undisclosed injury sustained during the third period of Game 7 of the first round against the Vegas Golden Knights. He was cross-checked by Cody Eakin and then ran into Paul Stastny, which knocked an off-balance Pavelski to the ice. Pavelski hit his head and had to be helped to the dressing room.
"We miss him everywhere," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said Friday. "He's our captain. Starts in the dressing room and on the bench with his composure, especially this time of year with the emotion of the game. He's missed there. On the ice he does it all, blocks shots, takes face-offs, plays power play, plays penalty kill, first minute, last minute, whether you're up or down. That enough?"
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Pavelski has four points (two goals, two assists) in seven playoff games. He led the Sharks in the regular season with 38 goals.
He sustained a jaw injury and lost several teeth in Game 1 after being hit in the mouth by a Brent Burns shot (Pavelski was credited with a goal), but only missed a few shifts before returning with a face shield.
"We're going to need guys to step into the lineup here and help out," forward Logan Couture said Thursday. "Those guys aren't easy to replace, but we're going to need other guys to step up and play bigger minutes and contribute to our team if we are going to be successful."
Pavelski had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 10 playoff games last season, and 23 points (14 goals, nine assists) to help San Jose reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
"I saw him [Wednesday] and a couple of guys have talked to him and whatnot," defenseman Brenden Dillon said. "He's been in here a little bit [Thursday]. Just a tough situation where we are glad to see that he's OK."
Forward Joonas Donskoi, who missed Game 7 against the Golden Knights with an undisclosed injury, skated Friday but will not play.
"Getting better, but not available," DeBoer said.
No matter who is in the lineup, the Sharks coach remains confident in his team.
"That's what you build depth for all year," DeBoer said. "We like our depth. I like the guys going in, we trust they've done it here before, they've played, we like their game. I'm excited about our depth guys, the opportunity they'll get."
Forward Dylan Gambrell could make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 1. He had zero points in eight games with the Sharks this season and 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games with San Jose of the American Hockey League. The 22-year-old center also has four points (one goal, three assists) in four Calder Cup Playoff games this season.
"Every team goes through their injury bugs and it's a time for different guys who haven't played all year to step up and show their worth," center Joe Thornton said. "I'm excited for the guys that get to be put in that position."