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Confident Jets aim to keep rolling in San Jose

(SportsNetwork.com) - If the Winnipeg Jets weren't a confident team under new head coach Paul Maurice, they certainly are now after doing something no other NHL club had managed to do this season.

The Jets look to remain unbeaten in five games under Maurice on Thursday night and snap the San Jose Sharks' four-game winning streak in the process.

Winnipeg has not lost since replacing Claude Noel with Maurice on Jan. 12, matching their longest winning streak of the season first accomplished from Nov. 8-15.

The Jets are seeking to win five straight for the first time since April 6-18, 2013 and are coming off a 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Tuesday that was the Ducks' first at home in regulation this season.

The Ducks came into the game 20-0-2 at home, but Evander Kane's short-handed tally in the second period was the difference for the Jets.

Kane also had an assist in his return to the lineup after missing four games with a lacerated right hand. Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd also lit the lamp, while Ondrej Pavelec stopped 40-of-42 shots.

"Every time you come to this building it's a tough building to play in," said Pavelec. "It feels good to beat them and be the first team this season. They're great. We battled hard. The penalty kill was key."

Bryan Little added two assists and has logged two goals and six helpers during a five-game point streak.

Pavelec, meanwhile, has started all four games under Maurice and has allowed just seven goals in that span, helping the Jets get within eight points of eighth place in the Western Conference.

"Old teams play with confidence I think. Coach let us know that we are good players and that we can beat anybody," said Pavelec. "He gave us confidence. We know we can beat anybody so that is good but we have a lot of work ahead of us."

Pavelec is 1-1-0 with a 2.34 goals against average in three games (2 starts) lifetime versus the Sharks, who are no cakewalk at home either.

San Jose is 17-2-3 as the hosting club this season and won the opener of a four-game homestand on Monday by besting the Calgary Flames 3-2.

Joe Pavelski lit the lamp for a third straight game, following up his first career hat trick in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay by scoring twice versus the Flames.

Pavelski's 27 goals on the season are tied for second in the NHL and he is four shy of matching the career-high 31 goals he had in 2011-12.

"I feel good. Obviously there are nights when you don't feel your best and still get one or two. But this felt like how it should always feel when you play all the time. It's the way you picture it, I've visualized this a few times. It shouldn't be anything new," Pavelski said.

Tommy Wingels had the other goal, while Antti Niemi allowed two goals on 23 shots for San Jose. Joe Thornton notched an assist on Pavelski's second goal, his league-leading 47th helper of the season.

San Jose is fourth in the West with 70 points.

Niemi has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.91 GAA in four previous meetings with the Jets franchise, making 42 saves in a 5-4 shootout loss at Winnipeg on Nov. 10. Pavelec made 30 saves for the Jets.

The Sharks lost for just the second time in their last eight meetings with the Jets, while the Winnipeg franchise had gone 0-5-0 with a tie in its first six all-time trips to San Jose before a 4-2 victory on Oct. 16, 2010.

01/23 11:21:57 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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