Another season for the Winnipeg Jets and another poor overall performance in the crease. If the Jets are ever going to go from perennial springtime duds to playoff bloomers, they must improve their goals against. Priority No. 1.

In Winnipeg, when the discussion turns to save percentage and stopping the puck, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is a hot button topic.

Pavelec is among the busiest goalies in the league, having played almost 3,000 minutes, but ranks 36th in the league in save percentage with a .902 mark among goalies with a minimum of 24 games played.
Pavelec also has a 2.97 goals against average, which ranks 36th. The Jets are 18th in the league in shots against per game with an average of 30.4 and 21st in goals against, having allowed 192 goals against.

Pavelec's understudy Al Montoya owns a save percentage of .924 and a goals-against average of 2.18 through 23 games played.

The argument Montoya is better slams up hard against the much smaller sample size of work -- he's only seen 1,264 minutes of action.

What's it all mean? The Jets aren't strong in enough in the goals-against department and Pavelec is the biggest common denominator.

The bottom line is the Jets aren't moving forward until they figure out a way to keep the puck out of the net with more regularity. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have some decisions to make on this front over the off-season.