The availability of San Jose captain Joe Pavelski for Game 7 on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche won’t be known until game day.
Pavelski has yet to play in the series because of a concussion suffered in Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against Vegas, but Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said the forward is improving.
“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 scored a team-high 38 goals and added 26 assists in the regular season. He has two goals and two assists in seven games this postseason.
He was injured when his head hit the ice after a cross check by Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin on April 23.
He got on the ice for the first time since the injury on Monday, then told reporters he is closer to returning.
“It still really is day-to-day, I think, and go from there,” Pavelski said. “I wish we had a set-in-stone answer. ‘Go here, do this and be ready.’ We’re just kind of taking everything into play.”