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Pavelec still on the mend: will sit out Dallas game

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward (30) stops the shot from Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) as Jay Harrison (44) looks on during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) dumps Carolina Hurricanes' Riley Nash (20) during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday.
Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) gets injured as he boes around the net with Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4).
Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) holds his arm after going awkwardly into the Carolina Hurricanes' net during  MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Jets' Eric Tangradi (27), Matt Halischuk (15), Jim Slater (19) and Mark Stuart (5) celebrate after Slater scored against the Carolina Hurricanes' during second period NHL hockey action.
Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen (12) hits Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Loktionov (8) during second period NHL hockey action.
Carolina Hurricanes' goaltender Cam Ward (30) makes a save with Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) and Bryan Little (18) and Hurricanes' Justin Falk (27) in front of the net.
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) hits Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Falk (27) during the second period.
Carolina Hurricanes' Patrick Dwyer (39) leaps over Winnipeg Jets' Matt Halischuk (15) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates after Jim Slater (19) tips a shot past Carolina Hurricanes' goaltender Cam Ward (30) during second period NHL action.
Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Loktionov (8) and Jiri Tlusty (19) celebrate Eric Staal's (12) goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Al Montoya (35), Blake Wheeler (26), Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Adam Pardy (2)during second period NHL action in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen (12) looks on as Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12), Jiri Tlusty (19), Andrej Sekera (4) and Andrei Loktionov (8) celebrate Staal's goal during second the period.
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates and Carolina Hurricanes' goaltender Cam Ward (30) protests after a goal that would be disallowed during third period NHL hockey action.
Winnipeg Jets' Eric O'Dell (58), goaltender Al Montoya (35) and Mark Stuart (5) watch a puck that gets past the net minder, but doesn't make it to the net against the Carolina Hurricanes' during the third period.
Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4) battles with Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) in front of goaltender Cam Ward (30) during third period NHL hockey action at MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward (30) stops the shot from Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) as Jay Harrison (44) looks on during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 22, 2014. - JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) dumps Carolina Hurricanes' Riley Nash (20) during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday. - JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) gets injured as he boes around the net with Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4). - JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) holds his arm after going awkwardly into the Carolina Hurricanes' net during MTS Centre in Winnipeg. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Eric Tangradi (27), Matt Halischuk (15), Jim Slater (19) and Mark Stuart (5) celebrate after Slater scored against the Carolina Hurricanes' during second period NHL hockey action. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen (12) hits Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Loktionov (8) during second period NHL hockey action. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Carolina Hurricanes' goaltender Cam Ward (30) makes a save with Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) and Bryan Little (18) and Hurricanes' Justin Falk (27) in front of the net. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) hits Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Falk (27) during the second period. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Carolina Hurricanes' Patrick Dwyer (39) leaps over Winnipeg Jets' Matt Halischuk (15) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg. - JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates after Jim Slater (19) tips a shot past Carolina Hurricanes' goaltender Cam Ward (30) during second period NHL action. - JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Carolina Hurricanes' Andrei Loktionov (8) and Jiri Tlusty (19) celebrate Eric Staal's (12) goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Al Montoya (35), Blake Wheeler (26), Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Adam Pardy (2)during second period NHL action in Winnipeg. - JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen (12) looks on as Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12), Jiri Tlusty (19), Andrej Sekera (4) and Andrei Loktionov (8) celebrate Staal's goal during second the period. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates and Carolina Hurricanes' goaltender Cam Ward (30) protests after a goal that would be disallowed during third period NHL hockey action. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Winnipeg Jets' Eric O'Dell (58), goaltender Al Montoya (35) and Mark Stuart (5) watch a puck that gets past the net minder, but doesn't make it to the net against the Carolina Hurricanes' during the third period. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNPEG FREE PRESS
Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4) battles with Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) in front of goaltender Cam Ward (30) during third period NHL hockey action at MTS Centre in Winnipeg. - TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

WINNIPEG — Ondrej Pavelec is a no-go for Monday’s next biggest-game-of-the-year for the Winnipeg Jets.

Their No. 1 goalie was on the ice again today at the MTS Iceplex before the team left for Dallas but won’t be a participant in the opener to the five-game road trip.

Winnipeg Jets' goaltending coach Wade Flaherty talks to goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during practice at the MTS Iceplex Sunday.

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Winnipeg Jets' goaltending coach Wade Flaherty talks to goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during practice at the MTS Iceplex Sunday. Photo Store

Devin Setoguchi passes a puck to young spectators who are participating in the Aboriginal Minor Hockey Tournament after they crowded in to watch the Winnipeg Jets practice at the Iceplex. Fifty-seven teams from more than 10 communities are represented.

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Devin Setoguchi passes a puck to young spectators who are participating in the Aboriginal Minor Hockey Tournament after they crowded in to watch the Winnipeg Jets practice at the Iceplex. Fifty-seven teams from more than 10 communities are represented. Photo Store

Pavelec’s absence began as just a two-game pause to recover from a lower-body injury suffered in a game March 14, but will now be extended to five games with no certainty to its end.

"Inching forward," was what Jets coach Paul Maurice said this morning. "He’s not playing tomorrow."

Also uncertain for Monday is defenceman Zach Bogosian, who couldn’t complete Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Carolina. He missed last Wednesday’s game against Colorado because of the same upper-body injury.

"He’s better than he was yesterday and we’ll see tomorrow," Maurice said. "It’s one of those deals. It’s just one of those injuries on feel. We’ll see how he feels."

The Jets were without as many as eight regulars last Wednesday (Pavelec, Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien (lower body), Jim Slater (lower), James Wright (lower), Mark Scheifele (knee), Chris Thorburn (ankle) and Grant Clitsome (back). Wright, Scheifele, Thorburn and Clitsome are gone long-term.

Slater and Byfuglien also returned Saturday and Slater had his first goal of the season.

"We’ve got question marks," the coach said. "We’ll see when they get off the plane how they feel and how they get through the morning skate."

Today, just nine skaters plus Pavelec and goalie Michael Hutchinson were on the ice before the team left for Dallas.

The coach said he chose to have the rest of the team stay off and recharge batteries and try to get past Saturday’s defeat, which contained more than enough opportunities for victory.

"Sometimes you’ve just got to suffer through the day and focus on tomorrow," Maurice said. "That’s a big part of staying in the fight and surviving the challenges. No different than Phoenix is trying to do in their building today."

The Coyotes blew a lead and lost Saturday at home to Boston. The Jets couldn’t gain ground, though, staying six points back of the eighth-place Coyotes with just 10 games to play.

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM CDT: Adds two photos from the practice.

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