The Chicago Blackhawks were the NHL’s best team in the regular season, and their biggest challenge in the postseason is on the other side of the bracket. However, the Blackhawks rivals, the Detroit Red Wings, recently stunned the Anaheim Ducks and are a dangerous team that could continue a remarkable run against Chicago. Game 2 will be played out tomorrow, and we’ll see if Chicago can take a commanding 2-0 lead and continue to display their dominance.
Star defenseman Duncan Keith did not practice today, and neither did veteran center Michal Handzus, according to Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago. However, neither of them will miss tomorrow’s game, according to Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, who said that Handzus is “fine”.
Keith played in the most minutes of any Blackhawks player in their huge 4-1 victory over Detroit in Game 1, and the star defenseman will continue to be a force for Chicago. Even though there is a small possibility that Keith has a very minor injury, he almost certainly missed today’s practice as a day of rest.
Handzus’s status is more interesting, because he has missed three practices this postseason, per CSN Chicago. Either Quenneville wants to give the 36-year-old as much rest as possible, or Handzus is dealing with an ailment. Either way, both players should be good to go tomorrow, and it would be an absolute shock to see Keith miss the game despite missing practice. Quenneville is one of the best coaches in hockey, as evidenced by his Jack Adams finalist nomination and incredible success of the Blackhawks, so he definitely knows how to manage days off for players like Keith and Handzus.