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Jets coach: Goalies are ‘good enough to help us get in the playoffs’

Sep 16, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

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When asked how he felt about Ondrej Pavelec being left off of ESPN’s top 25 goalies list, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel told the Winnipeg Free Press that he understood that slight considering the 26-year-old’s mediocre numbers. The most important thing to Noel is that he believes Pavelec is good enough to help the team contend, though.

“Yes, I am confident in our goaltending,” Noel said. “I think it’s good enough to help us get in the playoffs. But that’s part of the solution. Our players have to check better. We have to do some things better from the previous two years to get in the playoffs, and goaltending is going to have to also pick up.”

It’s unusual to see a head coach do anything but smother his No.1 guy (and other netminders) with praise, yet it’s understandable that Noel is straddling the line between being positive and applying some tough love.

After all, Pavelec’s career .907 save percentage and 91-99-28 record make it tough to rave all that much, so perhaps his bench boss is merely demanding more before he provides a glowing review.

  1. esracerx46 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Those ESPN rankings are an absolute joke. No other sports outlet comes up with more useless forms of measurement than them. They are the only ones that think total QBR means something because they made it up. Stay away from hockey….FAR FAR AWAY!

  2. esracerx46 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Perhaps Im getting more worked up than I should be about this espn article, but I implore you all to read the paragraph before the “rankings”. ESPN asked the “experts” to rank the goalies. The quotes are theirs not mine. Does that mean they dont have their own hockey “experts”? Are they mocking the media outlets of Canada that actually know hockey? Or did they pull 10 fans off the street that say they’re hockey experts to help them out. My apologies for sounding like Krys Barch, I may have had too much cognac and am getting anxious to see the season start.

  3. ibieiniid - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Pasquale played like a champ vs the Caps the other night though. I know you can’t read a lot into one preseason performance, but that was a gnarly game for him. Stopping OV in a shootout hasta be one of the best feelings ever for an AHLer.

  4. whitdog23 - Sep 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    hockey pre-season has started? oi vey

  5. sampulls - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Go jets go!

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