Joe Pavelski will travel with the San Jose Sharks for Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The forward, who sustained an undisclosed injury after a cross-check by Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin in Game 7 of the first round on April 23, resumed skating Wednesday and was on the ice Saturday after an optional morning skate at Solar4America Ice prior to the Sharks' 2-1 win in Game 5.
San Jose leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 and would advance to the Western Conference Final with a win Monday.
"You'd like to think you can play tomorrow," said Pavelski, who spoke publicly Sunday for the first time since the injury. "But we are going to be smart, obviously. Definitely getting closer. Feel like I'm getting closer, feel like I want it."
Pavelski didn't give a timetable on his return but said his symptoms have gotten better in the past week.