No Pavs between pipes tonight
NO. 1 goalie Ondrej Pavelec is a no-go for tonight's start to the Winnipeg Jets' five-game road trip.
Pavelec was on the ice again Sunday at the MTS Iceplex before the team left for Dallas but Thursday in San Jose now appears to be the earliest possible return.
Pavelec's absence began as a two-game pause to recover from a lower-body injury suffered in a game March 14, but has now extended to five games with no certainty to its end.
'I felt it kind of got away from us in the second. ...You want to have the confidence to make (plays) through that neutral zone, but you find that when the game changes direction on you, that's usually the place it changes'
"Inching forward," was what Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "He's not playing tomorrow."
Also uncertain for tonight is defenceman Zach Bogosian, who couldn't complete Saturday's 3-2 loss to Carolina. He also missed last Wednesday's game against Colorado because of the same upper-body injury.
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.
SATURDAY, when the Jets dominated the Hurricanes and might have led by three or four goals coming out of the first period, provided yet another valuable learning experience, coach Paul Maurice said.
"I felt it kind of got away from us in the second. There's plays that you want to make, that you want to have the confidence to make through that neutral zone, but you find that when the game changes direction on you, that's usually the place it changes. You're looking for something in the neutral zone that's not there and you lose the flow of the game.
"There are times in games where you have those chances and you feel you have full offensive control of the game and that's a fallacy. Now, it's every time the puck touches your stick, we should be able to create something and that just doesn't happen.
"So now you're trying to create something every time. The other team starts playing a little bit and now you feel you're behind in a 0-0 game, where you've had by far the better chances.
"That's the mental flow of the game. They're going to get their chances. Every team does over the course of a game. "
Close, closer, closest
ONE-GOAL games seem the norm for the Jets. They've played 40 this season. If you factor in empty-net goals, they've played 17 since Maurice took over as coach.
"Those are the games we're going to be in," said defenceman Mark Stuart. "You need to be comfortable in those types of games. (Saturday) for instance, we didn't have a great second period. You need to be able to adjust on the bench and be comfortable in those games, even though you didn't play the way you wanted to.
"We did an OK job, weren't able to get the job done. There's going to be games on this trip where we'll get down, too, and we need to be comfortable in those games."
-- Tim Campbell