Jonathan Toews will be back in the Blackhawks lineup tonight to open their first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes. (Chicago Blackhawks) Like he would’ve missed it if he could help it.
While Captain Serious returns to the lineup, “Captain Healthy Scratch” Adrian Aucoin discusses his time in Chicago and Phoenix. (Chicago Tribune)
Patrick Kane is officially a grown-ass man, according to David Haugh. I just hope he can grow a beard this year. (Chicago Tribune)
Brent Seabrook discusses the playoffs with ESPN 1000.
Sean O’Donnell will be in the lineup for Game 1. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Corey Crawford says that he feels no pressure now that the playoffs are here.
“There were stretches this year where I felt really good. Right now, yeah, the timing’s on,” he said.
“I feel good, picking the right spots to be aggressive. It just seems like my game has come together.” (My Fox Chicago)
Andrew Shaw has always been a fiery little so-and-so, according to his family:
‘‘I yelled at him for all the stuff they wanted him to do and I’d try to get him not to do because when you’re playing minor hockey, you’re always in the penalty box for all the stuff he does,’’ Doug said. ‘‘[But] he was always yappy, just like his father.’’ (Chicago Sun-Times)
In prospects news, Brandon Saad earned the OHL’s William Haney Trophy, awarded to the most sportsmanlike player. (MLive.com)