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Pavelec expected to start for Jets against Sharks

Vancouver Canucks v Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 12: Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets protects his net during overtime action in an NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at the MTS Centre on March 12, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ondrej Pavelec

Marianne Helm

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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