Khabibulin to start as Hawks face Senators

Khabibulin to start as Hawks face Senators
October 29, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Nikolai Khabibulin will get the start and Sheldon Brookbank will be in for the second consecutive game when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Ottawa Senators tonight at the United Center.

This will be Khabibulin’s first game since Thursday in Tampa Bay, when he gave up six goals to the Lightning in an overtime loss. With the Blackhawks not playing again until Saturday, it’s not a big surprise coach Joel Quenneville wanted to get Khabibulin back in on this back to back.

“You look at our schedule, it’s a good opportunity for him,” he said. “We’re comfortable he’ll be a big part of our team, and let’s play well in front of him.”

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Brookbank will get his second game in a row after another strong outing Monday night in Minnesota. Brookbank scored his first goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner, in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory over the Wild.

Meanwhile, center Michal Handzus (upper body) did not skate again today. Quenneville said it’s “doubtful” Handzus will get on the ice over these next few days, and he’s out for the Blackhawks’ weekend tilt in Winnipeg.