"Joe's playing at not 100 percent, and I'll be honest, a lot of guys maybe even wouldn't be out there, dealing with what he's dealing with," DeBoer told the San Jose Mercury News. "He's giving us what he can, and that still is effective." Pavelski, who's had at least 29 goals and 68 points in each of the past four seasons, is off to his slowest offensive start since 2007-08. He has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 18 games. "He never uses that as an excuse," DeBoer said.