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Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk likely won't play in Game 2

by Arpon Basu

TAMPA -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk may play at some point in the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it likely won't be in Game 2 at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville opened the door to using van Riemsdyk in Game 2 when he spoke Thursday, but a day later he appeared to be content with his defense.

"I think he's available," Quenneville said of van Riemsdyk. "I think we'll probably keep the same group on the back end."

That would mean David Rundblad and Kyle Cumiskey stay in the lineup; they combined to play 12:23 in Chicago's 2-1 win in Game 1.

Van Riemsdyk's last NHL game was Nov. 16 and he has recovered from injuries to his left patella and his wrist.

"It's a dream of any hockey player, ever since you're little, to play in the playoffs and make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs," van Riemsdyk said Friday. "So it would be special to get back out there."

Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell likely will miss Game 2 after he was a late scratch in Game 1 with an undisclosed injury.

Bickell would not say what the injury is. According to him, he doesn't even know what it is.

"It's one of those things I've never had before," Bickell said. "It happened at this crucial time. This time of year it's frustrating. We're going to take it day by day and hopefully [Saturday] is another day and I'll feel better."

Bickell said he passed the concussion tests, which was no surprise to Quenneville.

"He passed the concussion test because he never had one," Quenneville said. "We'll see how he is."

Bickell was replaced in the Blackhawks lineup by Kris Versteeg, who played on the second line with Brad Richards and Marian Hossa.

"When he has that pace, he's a tremendous player, good play recognition, can make plays as good as any player in the league," Quenneville said of Versteeg. "We get him like that, being comfortable and confident, playing with some pace, he can be really effective for us.

"I thought he had a good first game. We're looking for some progression."

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