November 14 2013 09:54AM
Ondrej Pavelec's recent stretch of games has improved his individual numbers to rarely seen highs for the often criticized netminder. His start to the season included some stellar performances in losing efforts, but the wheels fell off in his first back-to-back against Minnesota and Dallas. A Montoya shutout led us down a familiar road of asking whether Pavelec could ever be a starting quality goalie in the National Hockey League.
Fast forward to the present, and a stretch of three wins that included a shutout and a 41 save performance has even noted Post-Pavelec Stress Syndrome sufferer Travis Hrubeniuk singing Pav's praises. Going into what will no doubt be his 17th start of the season on Friday, Pavelec has a .913 save percentage, including .924 at even strength. It's still a tad below average for a starting goaltender in the league, but it's miles past where he's been in recent years.
Inside we'll look at how Pav's recent league average goaltending would have affected the Jets in years past, and what we can expect going forward.
November 14 2013 08:09AM
This game was far from the Jets best of the year, but they managed to hold on and squeak out a win. Fans can look directly at Ondrej Pavelec and his performance on the night for a reason why. That’s right. I said it.
November 13 2013 05:47PM
Fenwick Chart via extraskater.com
The Jets managed to survive a complete onslaught from a motivated Detroit team on Tuesday night, mostly due to the performance by Ondrej Pavelec. They were able to convert on their chances and leaned quite heavily on their goaltender in the third period, managing to overcome more special teams issues and being relentlessly out played for the first time in quite a while.
November 13 2013 01:50PM
One of the principle caveats of covering a Team, in any sport, is the ability to watch them and translate into words what your eyes feed your brain. A fair requirement. Imagine, then, my (and potentially the boss') dismay at having only been able to catch about 5.5 periods of Winnipeg Jets Hockey so far this season. What kind of informed obseravtions can I offer? What sort of expert had I become?
A bad one. But it hasn't been for lack of effort. Of late, I've had the travel schedule of a shiftless hobo on the run from law enforcement juristictions, coast-to-coast.. I've been on the go, constantly, and seemingly, Jets games come and go just as quickly, often without my knowledge.
Recently, after yet another night of stumbling back to whatever Hotel room I was in, and seeing highlights of yet another Jets game that I had no idea had occured until that moment, I vowed to make a change. Time to get serious. Sure, I was on the road to work, but I simply had to take the time to watch more Hockey games. No excuses - this is serious business, watching Hockey games.
And as will happen when one puts their mind to positive use, things have improved since. I've caught (some of) a couple games on TV. I'm well aware of the drama surrounding Kane's healthy scratching and such. I'm not up to full speed yet, but I'm no longer ingnorant of the Team I'm supposed to write about, which is good news in my books. So, somewhat triumphantly, I present to you some Thoughts and Observations directly from my eye-brain feed.
November 13 2013 04:17AM
Starting October 6th against Anaheim, a two week stretch of exceptionally poor hockey gave fuel to the on-going debate about whether Head Coach Claude Noel will be fired in-season.
It was hardly the first time Jets' fans had considered the notion, as his roster management, special teams, and stubbornness have long needled at observers. But this year, the sports book Bodog ranked him 4th to be fired after just three games, and even the Edmonton Journal wrote about it after the first Chicago game.
Are three wins in a row enough to cool Noel's seat?