DENVER -- Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice wouldn't say which goalie, Michael Hutchinson or rookie Connor Hellebuyck, he will use against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at Pepsi Center (10 p.m. ET; ALT, SN).
"I'm not giving you my goalie tonight," Maurice said. "The answer to the decision that I'll make, I'm going to put both these goaltenders in a position to succeed for an extended period of time. We want both of these guys to seize the opportunity to be in a position to do that."
Regardless of who plays, Maurice is hopeful the Jets (11-11-2) will be as strong defensively as they were Friday for Hellebuyck, who made 14 saves in a 3-1 road win against the Minnesota Wild in his NHL debut.
"We did a pretty fine job in front of that net making sure he could see (shots), and he did a good job stopping them," Maurice said. "We stayed out of the penalty box and still found a way to play a very physical game; that was a real key point. We didn't cheat on any plays and we weren't trying to squeeze offense out of a game that there wasn't a lot of offense in. We still got our chances to score. Our chances against were the smallest number since I've been in Winnipeg. Our challenge is to throw another one just like that in here."