Coach Maurice makes decision on Jets' No.1 goaltender.


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Paul Maurice is one to reward stellar play, and that's exactly what he plans on doing with his team's goaltenders moving forward.

The Winnipeg Jets' head coach, will continue to turn to veteran goalie Ondrej Pavelec over the likes of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson.

"He's played well," Maurice said Monday, according to Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun. "So he gets to play more, which pushes the other two guys further down the depth chart."

Pavelec had a tumultuous start to this year, spending the entirety of the season in the AHL after being waived during training camp. In seven starts since being recalled, Pavelec has a 4-3-0 record with a .895 save percentage.

While those numbers may not seem that impressive, Jets' forward Blake Wheeler says it's not all about statistics when it comes to goaltending.

"There's a trust factor there," Wheeler said. "He's capable of making some big stops for us ... He made some incredible saves (in Saturday's loss to Colorado). We get one or two of those we're going to be tough to beat."

The Jets remain in the hunt for a wild-card spot, three points back of the St. Louis Blues. As it stands, Maurice seems content carrying the three goalies with Pavelec leading the pack.