Pavelski went scoreless with a minus-1 rating in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Islanders. Through four games, Pavelski has just one point, is goalless, has a minus-3 rating and has been held off the scoresheet in his last three contests. It's evident that the slow start has frustrated the Sharks captain, with Pavelski breaking his stick over the crossbar after being denied on a prime scoring chance by Thomas Greiss on Saturday. That said, it's still much too early to hit the panic button considering that Pavelski has scored a whopping 145 goals over the past four seasons.
Pavelski has been off the ice for maintenance the past couple of days, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer is reportedly trying to keep the captain fresh for the upcoming season, adding that it's "not critical" for Pavs to play in Saturday's preseason contest versus the visiting Coyotes. The top-line power-play contributor has only missed one game in the last four seasons, and fantasy players still waiting for draft day shouldn't hesitate to select him as a No. 1 forward. A former Wisconsin Badger, Pavelski posted 29 goals, 39 assists and a plus-11 rating last regular season.
Pavelski racked up an even-strength goal, a power-play goal and a power-play assist in Tuesday's 7-0 Game 4 win over the Oilers. Pavelski opened the scoring just 15 seconds in, ending a Cam Talbot shutout streak that had lasted more than two games. His power-play tally late in the second period came against backup goalie Laurent Brossoit and was one of four goals the Sharks scored with the extra man as the Oilers racked up 27 minutes in penalties. Pavelski remains the team's most dangerous forward coming off a 68-point regular season.
Pavelski was scratched from Saturday's regular-season finale against Calgary, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports. This is the first game he has not dressed for since Jan. 13, 2011, a streak of 495 games. Several other Sharks are getting the night off as well, so this has all the signs of a coach resting players in advance of the postseason.
Pavelski was scoreless with two blocked shots, a hit and two minor penalties in Saturday's 7-2 loss against the Predators. Pavelski was playing in his 800th NHL game, but it's not one he will want to watch on video. The veteran has no goals and just one assist over his past six games. He and the other big guns for the Sharks have been shooting blanks lately, totaling just seven goals during their six-game losing streak.
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