ST. PAUL, Minn. – Duncan Keith and his wife welcomed their first child, a boy, early Tuesday. But the defenseman is expected to be in the lineup for Game 4 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild tonight at Xcel Energy Center.
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It was exciting news regarding Keith, who is expected to fly back and be ready in time for tonight’s game. It’s the couple’s first child.
“It’s a good day, an exciting day for the Keiths and we’re happy for them,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “It sounds like everything went well. We’re encouraged that he’ll be here today, so it’s good news all around.”
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Meanwhile, the Blackhawks could have one lineup change, as Daniel Carcillo could play tonight. The Blackhawks were missing plenty of sandpaper in Game 3, one in which the Wild outhit them by a wide margin. Quenneville said Carcillo should bring some angst.
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“I think he’s one of those guys who brings energy and enthusiasm to your team,” Quenneville said. “You have to be smart how you approach games, but he has to play the way that makes him successful, and that’s playing hard and bringing that unpredictability.”
The Blackhawks want to play harder as a team than they did in Game 3. Captain Jonathan Toews said the Blackhawks need to remember how difficult and how gritty postseason hockey is.
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“We just have to bring that playoff style of hockey,” he said. “We seemed to cruise out of the regular season and we were playing solid hockey. But we didn’t have that elevated level you need in the playoffs, and that carried into the first couple of games. You watch other series and you see how tough it is every single play: nothing is taken for granted. We have to have that same work ethic, that same hatred they had for us last game.”
Henrik Karlsson will back up Corey Crawford tonight. Dave Bolland (groin) and Ray Emery (lower body) have already been ruled out for tonight.
For the Wild, forward Jason Pominville (concussion) skated this morning and said afterward that he’s feeling better. But coach Mike Yeo said “we’ll see” when asked if Pominville will play tonight.