Jets' Ondrej Pavelec will make 3rd consecutive start Thursday vs. Blues

Thomas Drance
March 19 2015 10:02AM

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The Winnipeg Jets appear to be giving Ondrej Pavelec one last shot to run with the starter's mantle.

After years of subaverage goaltending performances Pavelec was usurped as Winnipeg's everyday starter in midseason by Michael Hutchinson. It would seem though that Hutchinson's recent struggles have opened the door enough for Pavelec, and the Czech-born netminder will make his third consecutive start on Thursday night against the NHL's third most potent offensive team, the St. Louis Blues, according to Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.

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Will iffy goaltending prevent the Jets from qualifying for the playoffs again?

Thomas Drance
March 16 2015 10:53AM

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The Winnipeg Jets' post All-Star break tailspin was momentarily halted this past weekend, when the club managed an opportunistic comeback victory over the juggernaut Tampa Bay Lightning. It was notable because wins have become something of a rarity for this Jets club since late January.

Rarer still was the relatively sturdy goaltending the Jets received from Ondrej Pavelec. Though Winnipeg's ostensible backup didn't face much pressure in the game, he was competent in turning away 15 of the 16 shots he faced. Pavelec's performance was only the fifth quality start by a Jets goaltender in 21 games since the All-Star break.

Competent goaltending is all the Jets, a quality puck possession outfit with a deep blue line, really require. It's also something the club hasn't been able to rely on ever since arriving in Winnipeg. Will it cost them again this season?

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Jets trade for former NHL player of the month Lee Stempniak

Thomas Drance
March 01 2015 04:55PM

The Winnipeg Jets continued to add to their depth at forward on Sunday by acquiring depth forward Lee Stempniak from the New York Rangers in exchange for farmhand Carl Klingberg.

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Jets trade multiple mid-round picks for Hurricanes' Jiri Tlusty; place Blake Wheeler on IR

Thomas Drance
February 25 2015 02:00PM

The Winnipeg Jets have further added to their rapidly atrophying forward depth by acquiring Jiri Tlusty in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Tlusty, 26, is a pending unrestricted free agent who has managed 13 goals and 23 points for the Hurricanes. In exchange, the Jets will send Winnipeg a third-round draft pick in in 2016 and a conditional sixth-round draft choice in 2015.

Unfortunately in the same press release in which they announced the deal, the Jets also announced that they've placed forward Blake Wheeler on injured reserve. It's like the Jets' forward depth is eroding as quickly as Kevin Cheveldayoff can make trades to supplement it...

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Jets 2015 Trade Deadline: Inventory

Thomas Drance
February 23 2015 07:00AM

With a strong finish to the season the Winnipeg Jets can bring playoff hockey back to the Province of Manitoba for the first time in nearly 20 years.  

With a week to go before the 2015 NHL trade deadline on March 2, the stakes are high for the Jets. So let's take stock of where the Jets are, what they need and what assets they have to play with as they chase a Stanley Cup playoff spot. 

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