Pavelec gave up four goals on 29 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Flames on Sunday. He has now lost four straight starts since winning the season opener. The Jets are not playing well right now, but Pavelec's numbers are decent. He carries a 2.61 GAA and .906 SV% into tonight's meeting with the winless Hurricanes.
Pavelec surrendered two goals on 27 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Predators on Friday Night. It was the Jets third straight loss and Pavelec's second of the season. He has played well so far, posting a 2.22 GAA and .919 SV% through three starts and one relief appearance. He draws a good matchup on Sunday vs. the Flames.
Pavelec will start in goal for the Jets on Friday.
Pavelec allowed one goal on 17 shots after replacing Michael Hutchinson on Sunday. Pavelec has had a solid start to the season going 1-1-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .917 SV% in three appearances. Tonight, he gets the call against a Nashville team he is 2-2-1 with a 2.18 GAA and .933 SV% against last season.
Cormier (eye) has been assigned to St. John's (AHL).
Now that Cormier's eye injury has healed the Jets have returned him to the AHL. Cormier has just five points (1G / 4A) in 49 career NHL games. He had 26 points (9G / 17A) in 61 games with St. John's last season.
Hutchinson will get the start for the Jets tonight in second game of the back-to-back.
Hutchinson, 24, started last season in the ECHL but worked his way up to the AHL and eventually the NHL. He was 17-5-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .923 SV% with St. John's (AHL) and 2-1-0 with a 1.64 GAA and .943 SV% in his brief stint with the Jets last season. He draws a very difficult matchup tonight vs. Los Angeles, but could serve as a desperation last minute spot-start.
The Jets originally announced that he will miss at least two games, but now they will reevaluate him in two weeks and see where he is at. Head coach Paul Maurice felt like this was good news considering how serious they thought the injury originally was. Expect Dustin Byfuglien to continue to play a bigger role in Kane's absence.
Pavelec gets the start in goal on Saturday vs. San Jose.
Pavelec was able to coast to a win on Thursday after the Jets burst out to a 4-1 lead just 14:11 into the first period. Pavelec turned aside 26 of 28 shots in the Jets' 6-2 win over Arizona. On Saturday he will have a much tougher test when he takes on a Sharks team who blanked the defending Cup Champs on opening night.
Kane (leg) will miss the Jets' two weekend games at least.
Kane was injured in his third shift on Thursday night after a collision with linemate Mark Scheifele. Kane underwent an MRI today, but there is no report as to exactly how long he will be out. The fact that they are only ruling him out for two games is an encouraging sign that the injury is not crazy serious, but expect the Jets to release a timetable over the weekend--they likely need to see how his knee responds, before they have a true idea of the severity.
Kane (lower-body) left Thursday's game and will not return.
Kane last just thee shifts in the Jets season opener vs. the Coyotes. He totalled just 1:24 of ice-time before retiring to the dressing room for the night. Kane missed 18 games with a variety of injuries last season; one of which was a hand infection that cost him six games. Winnipeg is back in action on Saturday, expect an update on Kane on Friday morning.
Pavelec has lacked consistency throughout his career and that is to be expected again this season. He finished last season with just 22 wins, a 3.01 GAA and .901 SV% in 57 games. Expect him to be marginally better across the board this season, but the Jets did not do enough this offseason to suddenly become a playoff team. Pavelec is a nice third goaltending option and can put numbers up for you when he has favourable matchups.
The Jets have sent Eric O'Dell back to St. John's (AHL).
O’Dell, 24, appeared in 30 games with the Jets last season compiling seven points (3G, 4A) and 10 penalty minutes. He is a former scoring leader with the St. John’s IceCaps pacing the team with 55 points (29G, 26A) in 2012-13. In his AHL career, O’Dell has 119 points (58G, 61A) over 143 games with Chicago and St. John’s.
Budaj cleared waivers and has been sent to St. John's (AHL).
After being acquired from the Canadiens, the Jets placed Budaj on waivers, now that he has cleared he will be the starter in St. John's. He is an excellent insurance policy for Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson.
The Jets traded Eric Tangradi to the Canadiens for Budaj and minor-leaguer Patrick Holland on Sunday, but the Jets must be content with the duo of Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson to start the season. Winnipeg is hoping that Budaj will clear waivers so he can stay in their system. The 32-year-old netminder was 10-8-3 with a 2.51 GAA and .909 SV% as Carey Price's backup last season. He had fallen behind Dustin Tokarski on the Habs' depth chart, thus making him expendable.
The Jets have signed first round pick Nikolaj Ehlers to a three-year, entry level contract.
Ehlers, 18, was selected ninth overall in the draft this summer. He has tremendous speed and an excellent wrist shot. He posted 49 goals and 55 assists (104 points) in 63 games with the Halifax Mooseheads last season. Ehlers was named the CHL's rookie of the year. He stands in at 5-foot-11, but needs to fill out (163 lbs.) to play in the NHL. He will probably return to juniors for one more season.