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Blackhawks' Teravainen debuts, Bickell close to return

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 2:34 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Blackhawks' Teravainen debuts, Bickell close to return

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks steadily are getting healthier as the regular season winds down.

They got forward Brandon Saad back from an upper-body injury Sunday against the Nashville Predators and forward Bryan Bickell is getting close to returning from an upper-body issue.

Bickell joined the Blackhawks for the morning skate Tuesday at United Center, prior to playing the Dallas Stars, and hopes to return to the lineup later this week. He'll make the upcoming three-game road trip and be reassessed at some point during it.

"I'm excited for that," Bickell said. "I wish I was playing now, but [the] reason I'm not playing is to get better. There are a long couple of months coming up [in the Stanley Cup Playoffs], and I need to be 100 percent to help out this team."

Chicago is missing defenseman Michal Rozsival (lower body), but he's supposed to start skating again soon. That would leave right wing Patrick Kane (lower body) as the lone Blackhawks player not on the ice in some fashion, but he's expected to be ready for the start of the postseason.

Aside from Chicago needing points in a tight race for playoff positioning, the NHL debut of highly touted 19-year old rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen is the main story for the Blackhawks. He will start at center, likely between Saad at left wing and Ben Smith on the right side.

Goaltender Corey Crawford will start for Chicago and defenseman Johnny Oduya is expected to play despite missing the skate.

Dallas did not hold a morning skate; coach Lindy Ruff will meet with reporters two hours before puck drop.

Here is how the Stars and Blackhawks might line up Tuesday:

STARS

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin

Ray Whitney - Cody Eakin - Colton Sceviour

Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Ryan Garbutt

Shawn Horcoff - Dustin Jeffrey - Alex Chiasson

Alex Goligoski - Trevor Daley

Jordie Benn - Brenden Dillon

Aaron Rome - Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen

Tim Thomas

Scratched: Kevin Connauton,

Injured: Erik Cole (upper body injury), Rich Peverley (heart)

BLACKHAWKS

Kris Versteeg - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Brandon Saad - Teuvo Teravainen - Ben Smith

Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Andrew Shaw

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Peter Regin

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - David Rundblad

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Jeremy Morin, Sheldon Brookbank

Injured: Bryan Bickell (upper body), Michal Rozsival (lower body), Nikolai Khabibulin (shoulder)

Quote of the Day

It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness