PITTSBURGH -- Marian Hossa and Teuvo Teravainen will play but Bryan Bickell will not as the Chicago Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at CONSOL Energy Center.
Hossa did not skate with the Blackhawks this morning but coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa is fine. Teravainen, who was a healthy scratch against the Ottawa Senators on Friday night, is back. The 19-year-old showed hesitancy against the Boston Bruins on Thursday and Quenneville said Teravainen has to be more relaxed out there.
“Be confident,” Quenneville said was his message to Teravainen. “He has some opportunities to take it out of the scoring area to make a play. Whether he’s being nice to his line mates (or what), his strengths are having the puck and making plays. Over here, there’s more opportunity to shoot and generate off that. But be confident, just play.”
Teravainen is excited to play the Penguins – “If I won a faceoff from Sidney Crosby, it would be awesome,” he said with a smile. But his biggest goal tonight is to put Quenneville’s advice to practice.
“I need to go to the net and shoot; that’s how you score,” he said. “It’s a new world here and a new game. I have to focus on the little things. Be ready all the time: that’s what I need to do.”
Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start for the Penguins.
Meanwhile, Bickell is getting better from his upper-body injury but was ruled out for tonight. He came on this trip expecting to play on it eventually, but Bickell and the Blackhawks are playing it safe.
“It looks like he’s close but we have four days until the next game,” Quenneville said. “We’ll target the next game at home (Thursday vs. the Minnesota Wild).”
Niklas Hjalmarsson, who had a knee-to-knee hit with Chris Neil on Friday, skated this morning and will play tonight.