Pavelec was limited to 33 games in 2015-16, posting a 13-13-4 record to go along with a 2.78 GAA and a .904 save percentage. While the 28-year-old netminder has never played on a great team, he has only eclipsed the .910 save percentage mark twice (2010-11 and 2014-15). In a perfect world, the Jets would move Pavelec this offseason to then carry the cheaper Michael Hutchinson and the promising Connor Hellebuyck as their goaltending duo. However, with Pavelec carrying a $3.9 million cap hit for one more season, it will be difficult to find a taker on the market. Regardless if he's moved or not, Pavelec's status as Winnipeg's No. 1 goaltender is in flux entering the 2016-17 season.
Pavelec stopped 26 of 29 shots in Saturday's shootout win over the Kings. Los Angeles had a chance to secure the division title, but Pavelec stood tall for his third consecutive win. The 28-year-old finishes the season with a 13-13-4 record and a .904 save percentage. Pavelec had a tough year overall, but he ended on a high note and may end up being part of the reason the Kings don't finish first in the Pacific Division.
Pavelec led his team out on the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, indicating that he'll start the regular-season finale against the Kings, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Michael Hutchinson was originally expected to start, but according to a separate report, he has the flu and will be relegated to backup duty. Neither goalie is a recommended play anyway against a tough Kings team bound to come out firing in their quest for their first division title in the past 25 years.
Pavelec nabbed a win over the Sharks on Thursday night, but it wasn't pretty as he surrendered four goals on 25 shots. Interestingly enough, goalie counterpart Martin Jones had the same number of saves as Pavelec, but he surrendered one more goal than the Jets tender. While It's great to know that Pavelec has been healthy since a knee injury wiped out 33 games from his campaign, he hasn't inspired much confidence based on a 2.78 GAA and .904 save percentage on the season.
Pavelec will start Thursday's road tilt in San Jose, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. The 28-year-old netminder is coming off of an impressive performance in his last start, a 5-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. While Pavelec has struggled on the whole this year (2.74 GAA, .906 save percentage), he could carry the momentum from his last start into San Jose on Thursday night. The Sharks are a team that have clinched a playoff spot and sit on 96 points as they enter Thursday's game, but own a home record of just 17-19-3.
Last 7 Games
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