Any Winnipeg Jets fan would tell you that goaltending has been the team’s Achilles heel all season long. Despite the Jets turning things around in mid-January, starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec‘s numbers haven’t improved, and remain below that of some back-up goaltenders, including his own, Al Montoya.
The answer will lie in Pavelec’s first few appearances following the Olympic games. Pavelec was in Sochi for the past two weeks, representing his home country of the Czech Republic, along with Jets teammate Michael Frolik.
Pavelec’s numbers were far superior in the tournament than his NHL average. Besides a setback against Blake Wheeler and Team USA, he was strong throughout, posting a .923% save percentage in four games before that.
Shaking the “rust” off won’t be an issue for Pavelec, but staying competent for the rest of the regular season, and possibly the playoffs, could come into play if the Jets happen to make it that far. With Paul Maurice giving a large amount of starts to Pavelec during the Jets’ hot streak, the 26-year old will likely fall just short of his career high total of 68 games played set in 2011-12.
So, what do you think Jets fans? Can we rely on Pavelec, even after extra playing time 13 hours away?
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