Winnipeg Jets' Shootout Success Sparks Badly Needed Win Streak

By Rick LaFitte
Andrew Ladd
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It’s amazing how a few wins can help to defuse some potential controversy. After a recent 4-1 loss on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Winnipeg Jets were dealing with issues such as whether or not forward Evander Kane was a healthy scratch and of course those unruly Hawks fans who took the helmet of Jets defenseman Adam Pardy and unceremoniously poured a beer over his head after he was checked through the glass by Brandon Bollig.

Since that time, the Jets have registered three straight wins against the Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings. Their 3-2 shootout win in Motown saw some key recent trends continue. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec turned in a 41 save performance. He’s made a whopping 112 saves during this three-game run and is providing exactly the type of work between the pipes that the Jets have been in need of. Captain Andrew Ladd continued to be a shootout sniper, as his game winning effort made him 5-for-5 in the shootout this season. The Jets have been impressive in the shootout category this season with a record of 4-1. They are now level at .500 with a record of 9-9-2.

Bryan Little has had a strong campaign, and he’s been leading the way offensively with 11 goals and seven assists on the season. He’s produced three goals and two assists during this win streak. Head coach Claude Noel had to be pleased with the quick start they had in the 5-0 win over the Predators, the resolve his team showed in erasing a pair of two-goal deficits in the 5-4 shootout win over the Sharks, and their compete level in registering their second win against the Red Wings this month.

Noel’s hot seat has clearly gotten a little cooler thanks to this modest win streak. However, the winning ways will have to be more commonplace if they are to make some inroads in the extremely tough Western Conference.

Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports

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