Blackhawks vs Blues
-The sixth and last game between these two teams.
-Hawks lead the series with 3 and the Blues have 2.
-Hawks have won four games in a row.
-Hawks are two points behind for the Sharks for the No. 1 seed in the western conference.
-Niemi will be in the net again tonight after last nights win.
-This will be Niemi's seventh straight start.
-Just when Kopecky started playing good he goes and gets an "upper body" injury.
-He will not be playing tonight and Bickell was called up to take his place.
-Brouwer is scratched again for "personal matters."
Around the UC:
-Jesse Rogers: Quenneville mum on plans for Huet
Coach Q: "Our rotation [of] the four lines has been better than we've seen for a long stretch of games here this year. That group [fourth line] has been sparking us right now."
Coach Q on Johnsson (remember him?): "Not right now. We haven't seen him on the ice. Once we see him on the ice it will give us a better indication, but he’s still a little ways away here."
Coach Q: "Maybe at some point you can look back and say we had a fun year this year, but we still have a lot of work to do."
Some interesting facts from @CSNChi_Beatnik:
"With Brouwer missing the game last night, only five Blackhawks have played in every game: Buff, Ladd, Sharp, Kane, Keith"
"Duncan Keith's 20:05 ice last night was his lowest of the season and least since 3-29-09 vs. VAN (17:19)."
"Kane's 85 points are the most for a Blackhawks player since 1993-94, when Roenick had 107."
"Toew's shortie last night was the first of his career. Blackhawks lead NHL with 12 shorthanded goals; no other team has more than 9"
"Last night was Fras's first multi-goal game ever. With 16 points, he's one point shy of his career best set last year."
"Hossa is second on the team in goals (24) despite missing the first 22 games of the season and 25 total."
-Daily Herald: Keith remains top choice for Norris
"Keith was plus-17 with 66 points going into Tuesday's game against the Stars, averaging almost 27 minutes of ice time per night for the NHL's fourth-best defensive team."
"Keith was worn out after Vancouver but has appeared to catch a second wind here in the last week. Nothing that Keith did during those weeks following the Olympics should prevent him from earning the Norris Trophy he most certainly deserves for his play from October to April."
-Chicago Tribune: Huet struggles to remain upbeat
Huet: "It has been frustrating. It didn't work out the way I wanted it to."
Huet: "I can only blame myself for not being on top of my game the last two or three games. Right now I'm just trying to stay sharp and mentally positive, to be ready in case the team needs me."
Huet: "I try to really have fun with my teammates and have fun in practice. I keep a good attitude around the room. It's a game, you have to enjoy it."
-Jesse Rogers: Red Wings still lurking as first-round foe