DENVER — The Chicago Blackhawks head into Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets a little frustrated.
They’re still fine, sitting atop the Western Conference with a 14-4-4 mark after Tuesday night’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche. But if there’s one thing that bothers the Blackhawks more than losing, it’s losing by self-inflicted mistakes.
The Blackhawks will try to clean things up again when they play the Jets on Thursday night, their second stop on this seven-game Circus Trip. They played some of their cleanest, best hockey on Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks but were error-riddled, mainly in the first period, against the Avs on Tuesday night. The snowball effect was frustrating, especially to head coach Joel Quenneville.
“When we get the puck, we have to make sure we’re more aware,” he said. “(The Pepsi Center) has some active and lively boards, some unpredictable bounces, and we fed into it.”
Whether or not the boards at MTS Centre are just as lively, the Blackhawks want to be cautious. The Jets will be a determined bunch, considering the Blackhawks have outscored them 9-2 in their two victories this season. They also want to avoid an 0-2 start to a Circus Trip that has just begun.
The good news for the Blackhawks is, when they’ve had a rough game, they’ve rebounded nicely in the next one. They plan to do the same on Thursday night.
“Everyone in here has won. They know what it takes to bounce back after a night like this,” Kris Versteeg said. “Everyone will be ready to go next game.”
Jeremy Morin gets another shot with the Blackhawks, as the team recalled him from Rockford on Wednesday afternoon.
Morin’s call-up isn’t a total surprise, considering the look of Bryan Bickell’s injury against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. The Blackhawks did not update Bickell’s situation on Wednesday — they did not practice before heading to Winnipeg — but it wasn’t expected to be great news. After Tuesday’s game, Quenneville said Bickell’s status “might be more than day-to-day; could be a bit.”
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The 22-year-old Morin was in and out of the Blackhawks’ lineup in his last visit, as Quenneville said the forward needed to show more on the defensive side of his game. Sheldon Brookbank played some third-line right wing in Morin’s place.
In other injury news, Quenneville was hopeful Marian Hossa (lower body) could play on Thursday.