Pavelski's two primary assists were the driving force behind Thursday's 3-1 win over the Blues. He also went plus-2 and put five shots on goal. Both helpers were beauties -- Pavelski put a saucer pass perfectly where only a streaking Joonas Donskoi could get it, and then he put another puck right on the stick of Joe Thornton to finish off a bang-bang-bang passing play for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Although Pavs didn't get on the scoresheet in Tuesday's game, he's still ripped off eight points in his last six contests and remains on track to surpass the career-high 79 points he posted two years ago.
Pavelski went back door with the man advantage against Colorado on Tuesday. Pavelski extended his point streak to four games and continues to be the Sharks top producer, both at even strength and on the power play. Averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per game and a plus-18, the 31-year-old is likely to be on the ice when San Jose scores. Despite not playing his natural position, Pavelski has excelled on the right wing of Joe Thornton.
Pavelski scored his league-leading eighth game-winner this season in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Wild. He scored the tiebreaker with just 1:28 remaining and finished the game with a goal and two assists. Little Joe is ripping along with 47 points, including 23 goals, in 46 games this season and is on track to what might be the best season of his career. Pavelski's shooting percentage is sky-high relative to his career average (18.3 vs. 11.9) and that's almost always a bit of red flag for a decline. But this season is almost a mirror of his career season of 2013-14 when he notched 41 and totalled 79 (shooting percentage 18.2), so this isn't precedent setting. Little Joe is 31, but there's no decline in sight. But keeper owners in the dumps should weigh the potential return on investment of moving him now instead of holding for another year. Don't pull the trigger prematurely, but the downside of his performance bell curve is approaching.
Pavelski had a goal and an assist, as well as a plus-4 rating in Saturday's 7-0 thumping of the Maple Leafs. That's Pavelski's 21st goal of the season, which ranks sixth in the NHL. He's on pace for another 40-goal season and paces the league with seven game-winning goals.
Pavelski reached the 20-goal mark for the seventh time in the last eight seasons with two goals against the Flyers on Wednesday. Pavelski struck for two goals in the final 6:15 of regulation to break a 2-2 tie, and is now on pace for a career-high 45 goals and 86 points this season. Those numbers aren't unfeasible considering the 31-year-old center has recorded at least 70 points in each of his last two campaigns.
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