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."

Maurice said that's not an indictment of former head coach Claude Noel, but the reality of how bad the teams in Atlanta were. Maurice believes fans who don't believe Pavelec is a valid No. 1 netminder have seen him stand on his head too many times and get disappointed when he doesn't.

"My feeling on Pav is that when he doesn't reach that game, because they've seen it enough, they feel he's under performed," Maurice said. "I just don't think that's right. I don't think that's fair."