The Blackhawks return to the United Center looking to take a lead in the series over the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at 8pm CST.
Andrew Shaw will be out for the Blackhawks as he was handed a three game suspension for his run in with Coyotes goatender Mike Smith. Smith was not injured (though he was said to be a game time decision at one point) and will play tonight. TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that had Smith been injured Shaw would be out the remainder of the series. (@DarrenDreger)
The wildly inconsistent NHL punishment rolls on. Who know what will happen next?
Hopefully there will be no retaliation on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford who says he’ll be ready if there is.
‘‘If they want to come try it, try it,’’ Crawford said. ‘‘That’s all I’ve got to say. I’ll be ready.’’ (Chicago Sun-Times)
Michael Frolik says he’s ready to step up in place of suspended Andrew Shaw despite having a tough season. (CSN Chicago)
Special teams has been a sore spot for the Blackhawks all season, so no surprise Game 3 will feature changes on the penalty kill. After giving up two goals on four Coyote power play chances, Jamal Mayers says the Blackhawks aren’t happy with their kill.
‘‘Any time you give up two goals on the penalty kill, you’re not going to be happy,’’ penalty killer Jamal Mayers said after practice Monday. ‘‘But we’re not going to overreact. . . . It’s not like we’re getting seamed back-door for empty-netters. We just need to make a few adjustments.’’ (Chicago Sun-Times)
The Blackhawks are known for their ever changing line combinations but seem to have found ones that work during Game 2 and will stick with them for Game 3. (Chicago Tribune)
Defenseman Brent Seabrook loves the playoffs, which has been easy to see why with his late in the game heroics as of late. Seabrook though says that he hasn’t been doing anything different from normal.
“I’m feeling good and just trying to help out any way I can,” Seabrook said. “I don’t think I’m doing anything different. I just feel like I’m playing the same way and for whatever reason, things are going well.” (Chicago Tribune)
In today’s amusing stories, Raffi Torres didn’t know that Blackhawks fans didn’t like him, not that he cares much about it. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Yesterda,y the Blackhawks called up six players following their respective teams season’s ending. Forwards Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri, defensemen Joe Lavin, Ryan Stanton, and goaltender Carter Hutton were called up from Rockford, along with forward Brandon Saad from the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. (Chicago Blackhawks) Not a bad birthday present for Jeremy Morin who turned 21 yesterday. Those called up are likely not see game action and just be a part of the practice squad.