Crawford to start for Hawks; Bickell's status up in the air

Crawford to start for Hawks; Bickell's status up in the air
January 29, 2014, 8:15 pm
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Corey Crawford will start, but is Bryan Bickell a healthy scratch again? It could be, when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena.

Bickell was a healthy scratch on Sunday when the Blackhawks hosted the Winnipeg Jets. He struggled in his return on Tuesday against the Calgary Flames. When asked if Bickell was odd man out tonight — Michal Handzus is back in after getting a rest night on Tuesday — coach Joel Quenneville said, "we'll see."

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Quenneville said he talks to Bickell about his struggles.

"You visit with him in practice, on the bench during games, in between periods," Quenneville said. "Last night he was OK, but we need more."

Sheldon Brookbank will likely draw in as the sixth defenseman.