Updated: March 23, 2014 11:27PM
Teuvo time? Almost.
Teuvo Teravainen didn’t make his NHL debut Sunday against the Nashville Predators, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said there was a good chance the prized prospect would play Tuesday against the Dallas Stars.
The Hawks didn’t practice Saturday and didn’t hold a morning skate Sunday, so Teravainen has had very little work with the full team. He did have what Quenneville deemed a very intense skate with assistant coaches Mike Kitchen, Jamie Kompon and Steve Weeks, along with a handful of other players each day, however.
Quenneville said he didn’t have Teravainen locked into a certain role just yet.
“Usually, you give him a chance to play the game and get to see how he handles it,” Quenneville said. “You might give him some different situations if you’re comfortable with the way things are going. You want to at least get him in there and give him a chance to play.”
With Brandon Saad back in the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury and Michal Rozsival still out with a lower-body injury, Sheldon Brookbank was back in his normal spot on defense after yet another stint at forward. Between the three-man rotation for the sixth-defenseman spot and his occasional turns at wing, Brookbank has had to stay on his toes all season.
“It’s a tough spot; you’d rather play,” Quenneville said. “Brookbank is an old pro, and we like the energy that he brings. He brings a physical dimension on our back end that we can add to our team game. He does a nice job for us. He’s well-liked by his teammates, and he’s appreciated for what he does.”
The way it is
The Hawks haven’t explicitly said that Patrick Kane’s lower-body injury is to his left knee, but even general manager Stan Bowman said, “It’s pretty obvious what happened to him, but we never get into specifics.”
It’s standard operating procedure for most NHL teams, the way it has always been done. But when asked why, Bowman was stumped.
“I don’t know; I don’t know, actually,” he said. “I don’t have an answer to that one. It’s just been the way it’s been. I didn’t set the culture that way. We just sort of go along with it. It is different than other sports, but I don’t have an answer for that.”