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Blackhawks vs Red Wings

Keith, Handzus said to be 'fine' after missing practice

Friday, 05.17.2013 / 3:02 PM

By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer / Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

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Keith, Handzus said to be 'fine' after missing practice

CHICAGO -- Defenseman Duncan Keith and center Michal Handzus did not participate in practice Friday for the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center, but coach Joel Quenneville said both are fine.

Handzus has now skipped the past three on-ice workouts for the Blackhawks. Quenneville was asked if he is nursing a minor injury he can play through.

"I think he's fine," Quenneville said.

Ben Smith replaced Handzus on the second line during practice. The Blackhawks rotated their defensemen in and out of positions, but if Keith is indeed fine, the same six who played in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings are expected to be in the lineup Saturday afternoon for Game 2 (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS).

Viktor Stalberg remained on a line with other healthy scratches. He was not in the lineup for Game 1, which has led to three days of stories about why and when he might be back. Stalberg had nine goals and 23 points in 47 games during the regular season and had dressed for each of the team's 18 Stanley Cup Playoff contests in the past three years.

Here are the projected lineups for the Blackhawks and Red Wings for their Saturday matinee at The Madhouse on Madison:

BLACKHAWKS

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Patrick SharpMichal HandzusPatrick Kane

Bryan BickellDave BollandAndrew Shaw

Daniel CarcilloMarcus KrugerMichael Frolik

Duncan KeithNiklas Hjalmarsson

Nick LeddyBrent Seabrook

Johnny OduyaMichal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

Scratched: Viktor Stalberg, Jamal Mayers, Sheldon Brookbank, Ben Smith, Ryan Stanton

Injured: None

RED WINGS

Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader

Valtteri FilppulaHenrik ZetterbergDanny Cleary

Gustav NyquistJoakim AnderssonDamien Brunner

Patrick EavesCory EmmertonTodd Bertuzzi

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson

Kyle QuinceyBrendan Smith

Carlo ColaiacovoJakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Jordin Tootoo, Tom McCollum, Ian White

Injured: Drew Miller (finger), Mikael Samuelsson (upper body)

Miller practiced with the Red Wings on Friday at Joe Louis Arena. Coach Mike Babcock said if Miller "is available and can help us, I'll put him in."

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres