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Maurice: "We've got two goaltenders that we really feel confident in playing."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - Following Laurent Brossoit's 43-save performance Tuesday night, Connor Hellebuyck had nothing but praise for his goaltending partner following a brief skate at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday.

"It was phenomenal. He was playing with a lot of energy and a lot of confidence right now," said Hellebuyck.

"It was fun to watch. You see him in practice, he was working hard. I'm pumped for him.

Video: PRACTICE | Connor Hellebuyck

While Paul Maurice hasn't officially said that Hellebuyck will be between the pipes Thursday against Nashville - the Michigan product is ready to go if and when his called. Hellebuyck won three games at Bridgestone Arena last spring in Winnipeg's seven game second round victory over Nashville.

"I like that building. I like the rink. I like the ice. The fans always heckle you. That's awesome, I guess," smiled Hellebuyck.

"It's going to be a fun one."

Whether it's Hellebuyck or Brossoit, the Jets coaching staff find themselves in a comfortable spot when it comes to making the decision of who they send out as their last line of defence.

"We've got a luxury here Im not sure we've ever had," said Maurice.

"We've got two goaltenders that we really feel confident in playing."


Hellebuyck's father Chuck will be making the trip as one of the guest's for this week's guest trip. Connor added that it wasn't his dad who pushed him to become a goaltender when he was a kid.

"I don't think any parent really wants their kid to be a goaltender," laughed Hellebuyck.

"Gears too expensive. Pucks hurt, so on and so forth. He's been so supportive my entire life. When I made that career choice there was no hinderance, there was nothing holding me back."

Only seven skaters and both goaltenders took to practice at Bell MTS Place Wednesday afternoon. There is no update on defenceman Ben Chiarot (day-to-day LBI) meaning the Jets recalled defenceman Cameron Schilling from the Manitoba Moose.

The Jets penalty kill was perfect Tuesday night but it wasn't the first time they achieved that feat. Winnipeg went 9-for-9 in Nashville back on October 11th and also put up a 6-for-6 effort at St. Paul on November 23rd.

"I think yesterday was a really good game for us for us on the penalty kill," said Brandon Tanev.

"We understood they (Vegas) have a really good power play and what we needed to do to be successful. I think everybody was on the same page and we did a really good job."

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