SAN JOSE – Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer is classifying Joe Pavelski as day-to-day after the captain sustained a scary injury during San Jose's Game 7 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.
Pavelski left Game 7 at the 9:13 mark of the third period after getting cross-checked off a faceoff by Cody Eakin and falling to the ice and hitting his head. No. 8 was bleeding profusely and had to be helped off the ice by a few of his teammates with a towel being held to his head. DeBoer wouldn’t specify exactly what Pavelski’s ailment was, but said the top-line forward was “feeling the effects” of the injury and likely won’t be in the lineup for Game 1 of the Sharks' second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche.
“It could’ve been worse, you could’ve been dealing with a fractured skull,” DeBoer told the media after Thursday’s morning skate. “Thankfully, we weren’t.”
Pavelski did not take the ice for practice Thursday, although the press was told he was in the building.
Teammates Melker Karlsson and Tim Heed were also missing from practice Thursday morning. Joonas Donskoi, who missed Game 7 against the Knights with an unspecified injury, skated in a non-contact orange sweater early Thursday morning but left the ice before practice got underway. Micheal Haley returned to practice for the first time since sustaining an injury during Game 3 against the Knights.
When questioned about the status of players missing from practice, DeBoer chalked it up to the team being banged-up just like every other team still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.
“Like anybody this time of year, we have a lot of game-time decisions,” DeBoer said.
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The Sharks will open up their second-round series against the Avalanche at SAP Center on Friday.
There have now been four NHL players that have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), and all four cases have a connection to the Sharks.
The Colorado Avalanche announced Saturday that a second member of their team has tested positive for the coronavirus.
"The Colorado Avalanche were advised late last night that a second player has tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement. "The player is in self-isolation. All other Avalanche players, staff and others who might have had close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated as per prior League direction and are monitoring their health and will be in touch with Club medical staff as necessary."
Saturday's announcement comes two days after the first Avalanche player tested positive, though the unnamed player was said to have since recovered. The two Colorado players to test positive for the coronavirus doubled the NHL's previous total after the Ottawa Senators announced last week that two of their players also had tested positive, the first known instances in the league.
San Jose played its final game before the season was paused on the road, but had a six-game homestand immediately prior to it. The Sharks' final two opponents on that homestand? The Senators on March 7 and the Avalanche on March 8.
On March 21, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced that none of their players had shown any symptoms of the coronavirus, and none had been tested as a result. However, the franchise did announce on March 12 that a part-time employee at SAP Center had tested positive, having last worked a game at the arena on March 3.
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The NHL season was indefinitely paused on March 12. On Wednesday, the league announced that the 2020 NHL Draft, along with the scouting combine and Bridgestone NHL Awards have also been postponed, with new dates yet to be finalized.
The first rule of quarantine is simple. If you want to exercise and can't leave your house, buy a Peloton.
With the NBA, NHL and MLB all paused or delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Bay Area's best have been finding ways to keep busy.
For Sharks captain Logan Couture, that hasn't amounted to a lot of physical activity during the shelter-in-place order.
During an NHL Zoom conference call with Marc-Andre Fleury, Anze Kopitar and Ryan Getzlaf, the Sharks forward said he and his girlfriend are hunkered down in the South Bay and have been reading and binge-watching shows. But he's working to change that, so he ordered a Peloton exercise bike which is slated to arrive Saturday.
“Ordered it 10 days ago and it’s supposed to arrive Saturday," Couture said. “I’m looking forward to that.”
Couture missed the last game the Sharks played due to a concussion from taking a puck to the jaw, but he says he's feeling better now.
He hopes the Peloton can help get his fitness back to where he would like it to be.
“I haven’t been able to do much in terms of exercise," Couture said. “I’ve tried to stay home as much as possible — working on body-weight stuff — I’m not in the best shape.”
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Hopefully, the Peloton arrived on time.