Handzus back in lineup, Crawford in net against Blues

Handzus back in lineup, Crawford in net against Blues
April 6, 2014, 10:00 am
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Michal Handzus will draw back into the lineup and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday morning at the United Center.

The Blackhawks will again be without defenseman Johnny Oduya, who was a late scratch Thursday against the Minnesota Wild and hasn’t played since. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’s not concerned with Oduya’s lower-body injury being an issue once the playoffs begin; “we’re giving him a rest,” Quenneville said.

Teuvo Teravainen will not play again today. Quenneville said he and the staff “haven’t talked too much about the long-range plan” regarding Teravainen, but it’s looking like the Blackhawks won’t be burning the first year of his entry-level deal.

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“This time of the year, it’s a big league and a hard league, and we want to make sure we’re helping ourselves get points,” Quenneville said. “At the same time he’s learning as well.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Kane (left knee) skated again Saturday morning and today; Quenneville said Kane “did very well.” Kane is out the rest of the regular season but is expected to be ready for the playoffs.

As for Jonathan Toews (left arm), who is also out the rest of the regular season, Quenneville said they’re not getting him on the ice for a few more days. He said Toews could start skating toward the end of the week.