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Posted On Friday, 05.02.2014 / 3:14 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blackhawks-Wild series blog

Bryzgalov gets start for Wild; Harding skates

CHICAGO -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will start Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at United Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Bryzgalov relieved Darcy Kuemper with 8:13 left in regulation in a 5-4 Game 7 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference First Round. Kuemper remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury and did not make the trip to Chicago for the start of the best-of-7 series.

"He's going to go get checked out and he's getting worked on, and that's why we have him at day-to-day," Wild coach Mike Yeo said after the morning skate Friday.

Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:40 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blackhawks-Wild series blog

Blackhawks' Toews under the weather, skips practice

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was sick Thursday and stayed off the ice at practice at United Center.

Toews was the lone Blackhawks player missing at the skate, but coach Joel Quenneville said it's nothing serious. The Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild on Friday in Game 1 of a Western Conference Second Round series (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Posted On Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 3:20 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

Versteeg out, Nordstrom in for Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are throwing a change-up into their lineup Sunday at United Center against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a Western Conference First Round series.

Following pregame warm-up, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville decided to scratch veteran forward Kris Versteeg and play rookie forward Joakim Nordstrom instead.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Posted On Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 2:10 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

Seabrook's return strengthens Blackhawks lineup

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks like to use their rush game to create scoring chances. On Sunday against the St. Louis Blues, they get back an important piece of their lineup.

After missing three games while suspended for an illegal hit in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will return for Game 6 at United Center (3 p.m. ET, CBC, NBC, RDS). Seabrook is one of the best passing defenders on the Blackhawks, particularly on exits from the defensive zone with direct, accurate stretch passes.

He's also got a big shot from the point and isn't afraid to join the rush from time to time. Seabrook scored a goal and had an assist in each of the first two games against the Blues.

Posted On Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 5:02 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks benefit from passing on practice

CHICAGO -- The learning process never ends for coaches, and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks is no exception.

He said he learned something the past couple of years that seems to pay dividends for the defending NHL champions during tough stretches of the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Less practice between games, Quenneville noticed, is actually a good thing.

Posted On Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 4:20 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

Versatile forward Smith valuable to Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Forward Ben Smith started this season seeking an everyday role for the Chicago Blackhawks. He wound up with a couple of important ones for the NHL's defending champions in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks have a potential series-clinching game Sunday, and Smith's versatility has come in handy for coach Joel Quennveille.

With Chicago leading 3-2, Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues is Sunday at United Center (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 5:36 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks captain Toews sees Selke as 'huge honor'

CHICAGO -- It's not really surprising anymore to see Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews named as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL's best defensive forward.

That recognition year after year is a major accomplishment in the mind of the 25-year old, who was named a finalist Thursday after winning last season. It's the third time in the past four seasons Toews has been a finalist.

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar are the other finalists.

"You look at the other two guys, to be in company with those two players is a huge honor, two centermen that were [big] parts of their Stanley Cup-winning teams in the last couple of years," Toews said. "I guess to be compared to those players is what I'm going for as a hockey player. It's a huge accomplishment for me."

Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 5:15 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

'Q blender' keeps Blackhawks forwards on their toes

CHICAGO -- Joel Quenneville's penchant for mixing and matching forwards is well known by fans, players and opposing coaches.

In fact, whether he knows it or not, there is a commonly used nickname for the Chicago Blackhawks coach's line juggling that fans often use. They refer to it as the "Q line blender," and it's often operating, proverbially, on high speed.

This Western Conference First Round series, tied 2-2 between the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, is no exception. The "Q blender" is working hard as the best-of-7 shifts back to Scottrade Center for Game 5 on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, FS-MW, CSN-CH).

After starting out placing Patrick Kane at right wing on the third line, Quenneville has since reunited him with captain Jonathan Toews' top line (in Game 3) then split them up again in the third period of Game 4 on Wednesday, a 4-3 Chicago victory that ended with Kane's goal in overtime.

"I think it's a feel thing," Quenneville said Thursday of his itchy trigger finger. "You go into the game and you have a couple of ideas if you don't like the way it looks. Sometimes certain guys are going better than other guys and maybe you give the certain guy a little bit more quality [time], maybe you take away a little here and there. You see how it works."

Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 3:25 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

Keith logging major minutes for Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith didn't participate in the morning skate Wednesday at United Center.

Keith was hit hard by St. Louis Blues forward Steve Ott near the boards in the defensive zone with 5:35 left in the third period of Game 3, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said his top defenseman is fine to play in a big Game 4 of a Western Conference First Round series on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-MW, CSN-CH).

Keith's ice time is up from the regular season for the second straight year, much how it was during the Blackhawks' run to the 2013 Stanley Cup, but if there's anybody who can absorb that much it's him.

"Well, he's a superhuman," Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya said after the skate. "He has, obviously, physical abilities that a lot of guys don't have. He has that intensity and he can still match that with playing a lot of minutes. His lung capacity and ability to process oxygen is unbelievable. So being the skilled, competitive player that he is, and being able to have that physical edge too, I think that's why he's the top [defenseman] in the game."

Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 5:29 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Blues-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks' Brookbank solid filling in for Seabrook

CHICAGO -- Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank filled in admirably for the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday in a 2-0 victory at United Center in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues.

The victory pulled the defending Stanley Cup champions within 2-1 in the best-of-7 series heading into Game 4 Wednesday in Chicago (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, FS-MW, CSN-CH), in which Brookbank will again take the place of suspended defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Playing alongside Duncan Keith on the top pairing, Brookbank played 14:32 and assisted on a goal by Jonathan Toews 4:10 into the game that wound up being enough to win. Brookbank blocked two shots in a solid performance.

"I'm not saying it's easy, but [Keith] makes it pretty easy on you," Brookbank said Tuesday. "He gets back there quick and makes a lot of good plays, and he closes on guys fast. So it makes my job easier."

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