Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Jets prep for contender test against Canucks

  • Print

Call it a measuring-stick game and a chance for the Winnipeg Jets to try and continue the roll from their just-completed homestand on the road against one of the NHL’s toughest squads: the Vancouver Canucks.

The Jets held an optional skate at MTS Centre Tuesday morning, fresh from wrapping up their eight-game homestand at 5-1-2 with a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Monday night. They’ll practice in Winnipeg Wednesday before heading to the left coast for Thursday night’s contest with the Canucks. The Jets will then wrap up their quick two-games-in-two-nights trip with a game in Calgary on Friday.

"Vancouver is obviously a good team, they went to the final last year," said head coach Claude Noel. "They have depth, they’ve got a lot of skill, speed. They’ve got a lot of elements required to get to the finals. We (the Manitoba Moose) were affiliated with them last year and so we know them a little bit from the inside. They can hurt you in a lot of ways. They have good goaltending… they’re good all the way through.

"They’ll pose a good challenge for us. We’ll be able to see whether we can carry this over and put our game out there. Our players are looking forward to that challenge. We’re in a good place right now. We’ve used this homestand to our advantage to get back in the standings and get back above the (playoff) line and build a little bit of confidence in our game. This will be an opportunity to see if we can push it forward here."

The Jets head into Tuesday night’s NHL action holding down 8th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 32-27-8 record – three ahead of the Washington Capitals and four points head of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Sabres. Winnipeg is just two points behind the Southeast-Division leading Florida Panthers, who have two games in hand.

Noel wouldn’t confirm that Ondrej Pavelec would start in Vancouver, but did hint that he would be riding his No. 1 goalie a ton in the final 15 games of the regular season.

"Right now we’re looking at Pavelec and the schedule allows us to rest a little bit," said Noel. "We’re pouring as much as we can into the games and therefore we’re trying to manage the off-game days. The goalie situation? I think Pavelec’s in a good place. He’s very well rested. He’s managing himself and we’ll take it game by game.

"But there’ no reason not to go with him if his play continues the same."

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Cheap summer weekends

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS June 23, 2011 Local - A Monarch butterfly is perched on a flower  in the newly opened Butterfly Garden in Assiniboine Park Thursday morning.
  • Two Canadian geese perch themselves for a perfect view looking at the surroundings from the top of a railway bridge near Lombard Ave and Waterfront Drive in downtown Winnipeg- Standup photo- May 01, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who are the real Bombers?

View Results

Ads by Google