Viktor Stalberg is out and Michal Handzus and Duncan Keith are in when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 at the United Center this afternoon.
Stalberg’s status isn’t too surprising; he was once again outside the top four lines in Friday’s practice, and coach Joel Quenneville isn’t big on changing lineups unless it’s necessary. Those changes are even more rare after a victory.
“We had to get (Dave Bolland) into the lineup after Minnesota. I don’t want to change too much but we had to get him in our lineup,” Quenneville said. “We’ll see (on Stalberg). We can adapt and we can change at any moment.”
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Handzus hasn’t practiced in several days for the Blackhawks but he will start today. Same goes for Keith, who did not practice on Friday.
The Blackhawks were convincing in their 4-1 Game 1 victory over the Wings on Wednesday night but they’re expecting a different Detroit team today. The Wings went home after Game 1 and got some much-needed rest over the past two days, something they probably didn’t get much of during that lengthy and travel-weary series against the Anaheim Ducks.
“We expect them to be better and we have to be better as well,” Quenneville said. “As series continue the games become more intense and important, and starts are important. So let’s be respectful to what they’re going to do and expect a harder day.”