Pavelec expected to start for Jets against Sharks

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Paul Maurice is riding the hot hand.

Or, at the very least, the lukewarm hand.

Ondrej Pavelec has reportedly been tapped to start in goal for the Winnipeg Jets when they host the San Jose Sharks tonight in a meeting of two desperate teams.

Pavelec stopped 15 of 16 shots in Saturday’s 2-1 victory in Tampa Bay, a much-needed solid performance from the much-maligned netminder given the struggles of rookie Michael Hutchinson.

“In Tampa we kept them to a low number of shots, but they missed the net on a few… not 20, but there’s a bunch of shots off good shooters’ sticks that if they’re under the bar, they’re in,” Maurice said, per the Winnipeg Free Press.

“So, we need some saves mixed in there, too.”

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