WASHINGTON, D.C. — Corey Crawford will start, as will most of the regular lineup, when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Washington Capitals tonight at the Verizon Center.
No matter what happens the last two games the Blackhawks’ playoff position is set; they’ll finish third in the division and will start the postseason on the road. While the Blackhawks could rest some players on Saturday vs. Nashville, coach Joel Quenneville said most guys will play tonight against the Capitals. The Blackhawks had an optional morning skate, with several top players taking it off.
Marian Hossa will be among those playing tonight, Quenneville said.
Back in Chicago, Jonathan Toews skated on Thursday for the first time since sustaining his left-arm injury on March 30 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Quenneville said Toews “skated very well. He looked good, as did (Patrick Kane).”
As for Teuvo Teravainen, who was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Thursday, Quenneville said the Blackhawks wanted the 19-year-old forward to “get into some meaningful games. It’ll be a good test for him.” The IceHogs, who are fighting for a playoff spot, have five regular-season games remaining.
Quenneville said Teravainen will also get more adjusted to the North American game.
“He’s a young kid; size, strength and experience are all things, in time, you expect to improve upon,” Quenneville said. “(There’s also) the overall speed of the game, knowing there isn’t as much time as there is overseas where there’s more space and the game isn’t as much of a pressure-type of situation. That’s probably what he’ll get accustomed to quicker over here and (learn) you don’t have time. You have to do things quick.”