After breaking a three-game losing skid Thursday night in Columbus, the Chicago Blackhawks
opted not to hold a morning skate Friday at the United Center.
The Calgary Flames
, Chicago's opponent Friday night, did have a morning skate after making a couple of roster moves Thursday. The Flames placed veteran center Brendan Morrison
on injured reserve because of "inadequate rehabilitation of ACL knee surgery," and placed veteran defenseman Anton Babchuk
on IR because of a broken bone in his hand that happened while blocking a shot Tuesday in Minnesota.
They called up defenseman T.J. Brodie to replace Babchuk and center Paul Byron
to take Morrison's spot on the roster.
The Blackhawks could be without two-way center Dave Bolland
for the second straight game, after he injured his foot while blocking a shot against the St. Louis Blues
on Tuesday night.
If Bolland is unable to play, look for Chicago coach Joel Quenneville
to go with a similar lineup to the one he used against the Columbus Blue Jackets
in a 6-3 win Thursday night -- save for sixth defenseman John Scott
potentially being replaced by Sami Lepisto
or Sean O'Donnell
The Blackhawks finally found some success on their struggling power play against the Blue Jackets, going 2-for-3 after coming into the game having scored just once in their previous 30 man-advantage situations.
One of the biggest changes Quenneville has made to the power-play units is putting defenseman Steve Montador
in front of the net as a forward -- which paid off against Columbus. Montador scored one of Chicago's power-play goals and was on the ice for the other one, as well -- scored by veteran forward Andrew Brunette
"We had a real good first period and when you get the power play going all of a sudden you get some excitement in the team game,"Quenneville told reporters after the game. "It was nice to see a couple nice plays and a couple nice finishes around the net."
Here are the projected lineups for Friday night:
- Mikael Backlund
- Alex Tanguay
- Olli Jokinen
- Rene Bourque
- Roman Horak
- Lee Stempniak
- David Moss
- Tim Jackman
- Chris Butler
- Mark Giordano
- T.J. Brodie
will start in goal for the Flames, while Henrik Karlsson
will be his back-up
- Jonathan Toews
- Marian Hossa
- Patrick Kane
- Patrick Sharp
- Marcus Kruger
or Dave Bolland
- Michael Frolik
- Jamal Mayers
or Marcus Kruger
- Rostislav Olesz
or Jamal Mayers
- Brent Seabrook
- Nick Leddy
- John Scott
or Sami Lepisto
or Sean O'Donnell
Quenneville didn't reveal Thursday night who would start for the Hawks, but the regular starter is Corey Crawford
with veteran Ray Emery
backing him up.