Ondrej Pavelec's net presence improved under Maurice

Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes scores on Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action at...

Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes scores on Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg February 27, 2014. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images/AFP)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

As far as Paul Maurice is concerned, the statistical analysis of Ondrej Pavelec should begin on Jan. 13, 2014.

That's when Pavelec played his first game under Winnipeg's new head coach, and since that date Winnipeg's starting netminder has posted solid numbers. He has a 2.35 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 11 games, which are both much better than his career marks of 2.95 and .906.

"There's only a handful of guys that ever reach that Brodeur stage, where you don't even consider a rough stretch," Maurice said. "So he's like the rest of them. He's gotta prove it every day. That's a lot of pressure. I'd like to think we're going to give him a better chance to do that."


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