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Maurice won't change line-up for road trip finale in Vancouver

Byfuglien remains day-to-day; Hendricks skates for first time since injury

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Winnipeg Jets took over the Father Bauer Arena at the University of British Columbia campus on Wednesday, preparing for tomorrow's road trip finale against the Vancouver Canucks.

While the team was in good spirits during the fast-paced 45-minute skate, Mark Scheifele believes the best way to move forward from Monday's 5-2 win over Edmonton is to forget it even happened.

"You can't rest on that game. It's one game out of 82. Obviously we're happy with it, but it means nothing come the next day," said Scheifele. "We have to focus on Vancouver. We know it's going to be a tough test, so we have to be ready for that."

Scheifele's line with Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers combined for 10 points in the win, prompting head coach Paul Maurice to say the trio was "on another level" in the team's first win of the season.

"Not that they hadn't been (at a high level) before, but they brought everybody along. Those guys drove the pace of the game for sure," said Maurice.

"We were hard in the areas we needed to be. Our D-zone coverage, our sticks, we only took two penalties. We were very intense, but we weren't slashing, we weren't reaching from behind. It was a good physical game in our end of the ice, and offensively we moved."

Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

Maurice won't make any changes to the line-up going into the game against the Canucks. Dustin Byfuglien remains day-to-day with his "soft tissue" injury, but will take the morning skate tomorrow. Connor Hellebuyck will get his second straight start following his 37-save performance against the Oilers.

"I really liked his game. It's good to get a win. He's feeling confident, and he deserves to go back in," said Maurice, who said Hellebuyck's play during Edmonton's early power play was huge for the team early on.

"They put six or seven shots up on us on there, a couple in the slot. What was most important about those is that the rebound was controlled. As good of a save as it was, we never got into trouble off it. He handled them, put them in the corners, and then we could react aggressively with it."

The 24-year-old Hellebuyck put in a significant amount of work in the off-season improving his "biomechanics" and how he moves in the net. Seeing some early success from all that training s has the Commerce, Michigan native feeling confident.

"Just every day in practice, I feel like myself again. I feel good, I feel confident, and I can just trust myself that I'm just going to go out and play," said Hellebuyck.

"I think there's a lot of good, but there are a lot of things to improve on as well. That's the start of the season, that's what you see from every guy out there. I'm going to be a bit cliche, but you really have to work on those details early on. Later on in the season, they pay off."

Video: PRACTICE | Connor Hellebuyck

WELCOME TO THE NHL

Tucker Poolman played 14:30 in his NHL debut Monday night in Edmonton, and used yesterday's off day to answer congratulatory messages from family and friends.

It took him a while.

"I was on the phone for a few hours. I ran out of data," smiled Poolman. "So the phone slowed down the rest of the day, but it was a good day."

Poolman was credited with two shots on goal, two shot blocks, and one hit in his first career game. But it was a hit he was on the receiving end of that he'll always remember.

"I took a pretty big hit from (Oilers forward Milan) Lucic, so that was a pretty good welcome," Poolman said. "After the first shift you kind of settle down. Overall it was good and I had fun out there."

Video: PRACTICE | Tucker Poolman

Facing the Canucks tomorrow night also offers an opportunity for the University of North Dakota grad to go up against some former teammates. Poolman played with Vancouver defenceman for two seasons (2015 and 2016) at UND, and two seasons with Brock Boeser (2016 and 2017).

"Maybe a week or so ago, they both texted me, Poolman said, but with Vancouver playing last night against Ottawa, there hasn't been much chatter between the three since the Jets arrived in Vancouver.

ICE CHIPS

Forward Matt Hendricks skated today for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury in the preseason. The 36-year-old worked through a few drills with assistant coach Todd Woodcroft for 15 minutes prior to the full team skate.

Maurice says Hendricks won't play tomorrow and is still listed as day-to-day.

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