After five consecutive losses, the Winnipeg Jets have won their past two games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. If they want to secure a playoff spot, they’re going to have to do a lot more winning and soon.
Currently, the Jets are on the outside of the playoff race as hopefuls staring at ninth place looking to get in and their goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec, is their best player on the ice. There is no surprise that the best player is also playing the most out of everyone. He is just shy of Nashville Predators‘ Pekka Rinne who has played in all but eight games his team has played this season for a total of 39 games while Pavelec has played in 37 with 2,122 MIN.
Pavelec, like most professional goalies, insists that he wants to play as much as possible and head coach Claude Noel says Pavelec sees it as a challenge when asked if he is playing too much. Pavelec must not think it is too much either as he showed up for an optional Jets practice today. Having the motivation and looking at this as a challenge will only help Pavelec lead the Jets to clinching a playoff spot and, at that point, hopefully he will still have the stamina to make it further.