Brunette a game-time decision, Emery to start

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Brunette a game-time decision, Emery to start

DENVER Ray Emery will get the start and forward Andrew Brunette is a game-time decision when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center tonight.

Brunette did not play against Calgary on Friday after playing just the first period vs. Edmonton last Thursday night. While it looked like Brunettes upper-body injury was serious at the onset, Brunette said hes felt better with each passing day.

Its just the little bumps and bruises you go through during the whole season, the wear and tear that kept me out, Brunette said. Its something we all go through and its getting better. Thats the important thing. It got better real quick. Im hoping to play tonight or further down the stretch here.

It will be Emerys second consecutive start for the Blackhawks, who are looking to snap an 0-4-1 skid.

I just want to win tonight; thats all you can ever do is look as far as the next game. More often than not that will put you in a good spot, said Emery, who enters tonights game with an 11-4-2 mark. I want to win when I get in there. Its just one game at a time.

The Blackhawks will face a Colorado team thats looking to snap an 0-4-1 streak of its own.

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.

Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.

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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.

Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.

Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.

Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."

Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.