Pavelec has missed the last 33 games with a knee injury, but is set to return tonight in Edmonton. Before he was hurt, Pavelec was 5-6-1 with a 2.82 GAA and .906 SV% on the year. He draws a fairly tough matchup against an Oilers team playing much better since the return of Connor McDavid.
The Jets have reassigned Connor Hellebuyck to Manitoba (AHL).
Hellebuyck’s demotion likely won’t be longterm, but it was a necessary move for the Jets in the short term. Hellebuyck has gone 13-11-1 with a 2.34 GAA and .918 SV% in 26 starts while Ondrej Pavelec was sidelined.
Pavelec (knee) has been cleared to return to the Jets lineup on Saturday.
Pavelec has been out since November 21st, missing a total of 33 games. With Pavelec back, Connor Hellebuyck has been sent back to Manitoba (AHL). The Jets are in action on Saturday, but head coach Paul Maurice would not say whether Pavelec or Michael Hutchinson will start. Pavelec has gone 5-6-1 with a 2.82 GAA and .906 SV% in 13 starts and two relief appearances this season.
Hellebuyck stopped 21 of 22 shots in the Jets win in St. Louis on Tuesday. It was a big win for Hellebuyck, who had lost five of his previous six starts. Hellebuyck has gone 13-10-1 with a 2.25 GAA and .921 SV% on the year and comes in at 8-7-0 with a 2.66 GAA and .911 SV% on home ice. He’ll take on a Bruins team that was pummelled 9-2 in their last game.
Hellebuyck was yanked after allowing three goals on six shots in the Jets loss to the Hurricanes last Friday. Hellebuyck has dropped five of his last six starts while posting a 3.41 GAA and .881 SV%. The 22-year-old struggled in his first start against the Blues, allowing four goals on 26 shots in a 4-3 loss.
Stafford has been suspended for one game for his high sticking infraction on Saturday.
Stafford caught Nick Holden with a high stick on Saturday and will miss Tuesday’s game in St. Louis after the NHL suspended him for one game. With Stafford out, look for Anthony Peluso to get back into the lineup.
The Jets have signed Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year, $38 million dollar extension.
Byfuglien was set to become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season and was expected to be traded as we approached the trade deadline, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. Byfuglien is locked up through the 2020-21 season. He has 15 goals and 17 assists (32 points) in 52 games this season.
Hellebuyck allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Jets win over the Coyotes last Tuesday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Hellebuyck, who will start his 23rd game of the season tonight. In his first start vs. Dallas, Hellebuyck stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss. Hellebuyck comes in at 8-6-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .921 SV% on home ice.
Scheifele (concussion) will return to the Jets lineup on Tuesday.
Scheifele has missed the last seven games with a concussion, but will return to the Jets lineup tonight in Arizona. Scheifele is expected to centre the second line with Joel Armia and Drew Stafford on his wings. Scheifele has 23 points (12G / 11A) in 37 games this season.
Little (undisclosed) did not take part in the morning skate; listed as a game-time decision.
Little missed the morning skate and has been listed as a game-time decision tonight. The Jets don’t get underway until 8 p.m. so there could be an update on his status at 6 p.m. or not until warmups at 7:30 p.m. He is a risky option as a daily option.
Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 16 shots in the Jets loss to New Jersey on Saturday. Despite losing three in a row and allowing a combined eight goals in those games, he will start again tonight vs. the Coyotes. Hellebuyck dropped his first start against Arizona and comes in at 7-6-0 with a 2.39 GAA and .919 SV% on home ice.