-- After being physically out-played for much of Wednesday night's 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks
, the Chicago Blackhawks
elected to hold an optional skate on Thursday morning at Rogers Arena.
The likes of Fernando Pisani
, Marcus Kruger
and David Bolland practiced along with the black aces while Chris Campoli
, Brent Seabrook
, Brian Campbell
and Michael Frolik
were the lone members of the Blackhawks made available to handle the media duties.
"Rest is always good, they've done a good job of giving us rest," said Seabrook. "It's one of those things where we've got to take today as a rest day and get focused for tomorrow."
Added head coach Joel Quennville, "That's something we decided, we'll have a morning skate tomorrow, and be ready to go "
The Blackhawks have owned the Canucks in Game 2 of the series the previous two years winning 6-3 in 2009 and 4-2 in 2010.
"I think it's just game one you know? Last year they beat us 5-1 in game 1 and the year before they beat us (too)," Seabrook said. "We got to refocus and be ready for tomorrow's game and we got to come out with a good effort."
, who took a big hit from Canucks forward Victor Oreskovich
in the first period of the Game 1 loss is unlikely for Game 2 on Friday.
Kopecky played just 2:22 before leaving with what the team called an "upper body" injury.
Pisani, who was a healthy scratch in Game 1, is likely to draw in to the line-up.
"I think Pi's got a good chance of getting in we'll see how (John) Scott looks," said Quennville of his line-up changes for Friday.
The news is better for Ryan Johnson
, who was hit by former teammate Tanner Glass
late in the third period. Glass caught Johnson with what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit along the boards in the neutral zone.
Johnson did not play a shift the rest of the way, but is expected to be in the line-up tomorrow night.
Bolland, who has been out of the line-up since March 9 with a concussion, is still a ways away and is receiving treatment multiple times a day.
Chicago also made another call to the farm on Thursday recalling forwards Jeremy Morin
, Brandon Pirri
, Robert Klinkhammer along with defensemen Shawn Lalonde
, Brian Connelly
, Ryan Stanton
and goaltender Alec Richards