BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Daniel Carcillo recognizes the situation he’s in right now.
The Chicago Blackhawks are deep. Real deep. And staying in this lineup is a challenge for a guy who’s had his ups and downs and injuries. So as the Blackhawks roll on, Carcillo continues to roll with it.
Coach Joel Quenneville liked what Carcillo brought at a recent game in Nashville, when the forward logged four shots on goal and two blocked shots in just over 14 minutes of ice time.
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“It looks like he’s moving better,” Quenneville said. “He’s more effective off the rush, had back-side pressure. His attention to detail’s been in place. We like energy he can add to our lineup.”
Bringing that consistently is Carcillo’s goal now.
“I’m just trying to gear up for the stretch run and hopefully earn a spot in the lineup for the playoffs,” Carcillo said. “Every day is kind of a new challenge. I just have to play every game almost perfect to stay in this lineup.”
Indeed, it’s a tough lineup to crack when all is going well. The depth has just dictated that. Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank and have been swapped in and out along the blue line all season. Brandon Bollig and Jamal Mayers, who traded playing/scratch time earlier this season, haven’t had much playing time lately. And once Dave Bolland returns, Carcillo could be on the outside looking in again.
“It’s tough,” he said. “We have a really deep team, so I know what I can bring. It’s just a matter of getting my game back, which has felt pretty good the last few games.”
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In almost two full years in Chicago, Carcillo's time has been fraught with injuries and frustration. He’ll relish the opportunity to play when he gets it. And then will do everything he can to hold onto it.
“I’m sure it’ll be better,” Carcillo said of his game. “The rest is kind of out of my control.”
Joel Quenneville took an errant pass to the head in the Blackhawks’ 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, but far be it for the former NHL defenseman to be sidelined. Quenneville laughed it off on the bench moments after he was hit, and had a chuckle about it after the game.
“I don’t think you can hurt it, anyway,” he said, pointing to his head.