Pavelski potted a goal in a 3-2 loss to the Devils on Sunday. Pavelski was held off the scoresheet in his first three games but now has three goals over his last three. San Jose's captain should see his scoring increase once the team's power play improves, as it's scored just five goals on 21 chances this season.
Pavelski scored a pair of goals on four shots in an 8-2 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday. The 34-year-old didn't have a point through three games, so it's good to see him get on the board. Despite the slow start, owners shouldn't be concerned, and Tuesday showed why. Pavelski has scored at least 20 goals and 65 points in each of the last five seasons. His 22 goals and 66 points last season were considered a "disappointment" based on his previous production, but he recorded those numbers with his lowest shooting percentage since 2010-11. Don't be surprised if Pavelski approaches 30 goals and 70 points this season.
Pavelski skated on the wing, alongside Joe Thornton and Evander Kane on Friday, Eric Gilmore of NHL.com reports. The 34-year-old American forward moved to center last year when Thornton suffered a knee injury. With Thornton healthy again, Pavelski will likely shift back to the wing, something we saw on the first day of training camp. While it's still early, the 2018-19 season should see Pavelski spend more time on the wing vs. down the middle, especially if his long-bearded linemate stays healthy. Expect another big year from the Wisconsin native as he looks to help take a revamped Sharks roster to a Stanley Cup Final.
Pavelski had the fourth and last goal for his side Wednesday, finishing off a 4-0 win over Vegas in Game 4. That's just Pavelski's second goal of the postseason, snapping a four-game drought that went back to Game 3 against Anaheim. The Sharks are at their best when Pavelski is producing, and if he's got his game back where it needs to be, your fantasy squad should also see some real benefits.
Pavelski went minus-2 and picked up a pair of minor penalties Thursday, as the Sharks were crushed by the Golden Knights 7-0 in Game 1. The captain was whistled for interference and slashing during the third period. With tensions running high for Team Teal in the rout, a slew of penalties naturally followed, and Pavelski's slashing penalty actually was a precursor to teammate Evander Kane getting ejected for cross-checking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the face. Suffice it to say, Pavs and Co. will need to be much more disciplined in Game 2 on Saturday.
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