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The Other Side - Blackhawks make change on defence

Chicago has tinkered with their defence corps ahead of tonight's game

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

CHICAGO, IL -- Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has made a change on the blueline heading into tonight's game.

Czech rearguard Michal Rozsival will play his first game of the season this evening while Michal Kempny will sit tonight. 

"We want to get everybody in at some point. We don't want to wait too long to get him into the season here," Quenneville said.

"We know that he can be useful for us. He gives us some experience, he can play minutes, he can play against top guys, he can be useful on both units if you need him. He's been practicing well so I'm looking forward to getting him in."

The 32-year-old veteran has played in 941 NHL games. He has scored 67 goals and 306 points and is a plus-86 in his career.

Rozsival is slated to skate alongside Brent Seabrook, Gustav Forsling and Niklas Hjalmarsson are set to play together while Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith round out the defensive duos.

Quenneville is hoping getting Rozsival in the mix will keep his blueline steady against a Flames team that, while they've had their struggles, have been producing offensively. As of this afternoon, Calgary sits ninth in the NHL in goals scored with 18.

"They've got some skill up front. They've got some dangerous guys. And they've got some active defencemen as well. 

"I think that you've got to respectful that they can score across the board. We want to make sure that we try to make them defend as best we can."

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