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Couture poised to help fill Sharks' Pavelski-sized void vs. Avalanche

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27.04.2019

SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks will open their second-round series against Colorado Friday without their captain and best player.

To no one’s surprise, Joe Pavelski did not skate with the team Friday morning as he recovers from an injury suffered late in the team’s Game 7 win over Vegas when he bled profusely and appeared to lose consciousness after landing on his head.

"We miss him everywhere," said coach Pete DeBoer, who characterized Pavelski’s status as day to day.

"He’s our captain so it starts in the dressing room and on the bench with his composure, especially this time of year with the emotion of the game. So he’s missed there.

"On the ice he does it all, he blocks shots, he takes faceoffs, he plays power play, penalty kill, first minute, last minute whether you are up or down…is that enough?"

Gustav Nyquist will take Pavelski’s spot on the Sharks’ second line........

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