Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final with a win.
Richards, who has 10 points in 14 games in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, is starting as the center on the fourth line between Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford. Nolan is in the lineup for the first time in the series. He hasn't played since Game 6 of the conference semifinals against the San Jose Sharks.
Richards was injured late in Game 1 when he was hit hard by Blackhawks center Dave Bolland behind the goal line.
It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday