Blackhawks Morin, Mills in lineup for matchup against Wild

Blackhawks Morin, Mills in lineup for matchup against Wild
October 26, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Jeremy Morin and Brad Mills will be in the lineup and Michal Handzus is out with an upper-body injury when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild tonight at the United Center.

Morin was skating on the third line with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw this morning. Morin, who has four goals and four assists with Rockford thus far this season, hopes to bring some of that energy to the Blackhawks now.

“I’ll just try to play how I’ve been playing down there,” Morin said. “There are a lot of young, hungry guys down there. I’ll try to bring some of that up here.”

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Shaw said Morin will bring an edge to a third line that’s been more noticeable as of late.

“He’s that aggressive wing, he’s got a great shot from that side, and he’ll get pucks to the net,” Shaw said. “We all have to play hard defensively, and he’ll be excited to be in the lineup.”

Mills, meanwhile, had a whirlwind of a Friday with agreeing to terms on a one-year deal and then being called up by the Blackhawks. Coach Joel Quenneville said Mills brings solid experience, especially on a penalty kill that is still struggling.

“He’s been around, he had a nice camp and was a good presence in Rockford at the end of last year,” he said. “He’s a right shot, can take faceoffs, kills penalties and fills that niche we’re looking for.”

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Handzus, who played Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Quenneville said the veteran center “could be out for a little bit.”