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Practice Notebook: Richards to return on Monday

by Eric Lear / Chicago Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook's recent play has earned the praises of his teammates.

  • Both Brad Richards and Michal Rozival returned to practice Sunday morning after missing the Colorado game with injuries. Richards returned as the second-line center with Versteeg and Kane and will play in Monday’s game against Nashville.

    “There was nothing alarming about not playing last night,” Richards said. “It just made more sense to get today and tomorrow back under my feet and be with the guys in a team setting. It was just the way the break worked out. We used it for an advantage.”

    Coach Joel Quenneville said that Rozival is a game-time decision and “could play tomorrow.”

  • With Richards returning to practice, the lines changed a bit. Patrick Sharp was skating at left wing on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith.

    “You could call that line any number you want,” Quenneville said. “ I think they’re always effective in a lot of ways.”

  • Corey Crawford will get the start in net against Nashville. He let in two goals in the first period in Colorado, but was great the rest of the way. He finished with 25 saves and improved his record to 13-6-2.

  • Players and coaches were singing the praises of Brent Seabrook’s performance in Colorado. He finished tied for a team-high EV Corsi of +19, scored the game-winning goal and made several great defensive plays, most notably chasing down Matt Duchene and preventing a breakaway chance. The goal was his seventh of the season, one shy of his total from all of last year and two behind his career high of nine.

    "He’s unbelievable both offensively and defensively,” said Andrew Shaw. “He’s chipping in when we need him to, and he makes those big plays defensively like he did the other night on Duchene. That’s what we need from him.”

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