By Murray Pam
The Blackhawks enter Friday's game in Ottawa requiring a single point to clinch a playoff spot. Antti Raanta draws the start in the second game of a back-to-back.
Coach Joel Quenneville will rest rookie Teuvo Teravainen. "Our plan is short-term. We're exploring options," he said, explaining Teravainen's removal from the lineup.
Some good news for the club, Bryan Bickell who will miss his fifth consecutive game due to injury, might be healthy enough to make his return Sunday in Pittsburgh. Before his injury Bickell had been playing his best hockey all season. Quenneville said "He brings the presence, the physicality, the speed off the rush ... He made a difference in the game."
Former Senator Peter Regin draws in to face his ex-mates. Regin played 178 games over five seasons in Ottawa.
Craig Anderson starts in goal for the Senators. Anderson, a Blackhawks third-round selection in the 2001 Entry Draft, has a 4-1-2 career record vs. the Hawks.
Thirteen years ago today, the Senators defeated the Blackhawks, 5-2, in Chicago. Marian Hossa scored one of the Ottawa goals.
Murray Pam freelances for The Hockey News and is a weekly columnist for Metro Ottawa.