IT is verboten, it seems, for any National Hockey League coach to give away any 'secrets' whatsoever for fear that information may come back to bite him and his team on the backside.

But if Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel was ever going to give Al Montoya consecutive starts, tonight in Chicago screams out for it. Montoya was solid in Monday's 4-2 victory over Detroit, has better numbers than Ondrej Pavelec -- a .939 save percentage and 1.69 goals-against average -- and just so happens to hail from the Windy City.

"It's a coach's decision," said Montoya Tuesday when asked if he hoped to start against the Blackhawks. "I mean, obviously I grew up in Chicago, grew up just outside the city... ton of family, friends there. It will be enjoyable either way to get back there.

"Just like everybody else I want to be consistent and bring my best effort every single night. (Monday) night is over with, we want to build off what we did and bring it next time."