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Daniel Carcillo might play with Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa in his Blackhawks debut

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Updated: January 23, 2012 3:19AM



The Blackhawks’ second line might get its third different look in as many games when the team plays the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at the United Center.

Coach Joel Quenneville had
Daniel Carcillo, who missed the first two games of the season while serving a suspension, practicing Monday with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa.

‘‘He’s excited about the opportunity of playing, and I think finding out who he was with, he’s a little bit more excited,’’ Quenneville said.

Carcillo’s excitability is why he was serving the suspension in the first place. He was suspended for yelling at officials during the playoffs last season as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. But Carcillo was making no apologies for his
approach.

‘‘The way I play, I have to bring what I bring every night, no matter
who I’m playing with,’’ Carcillo said. ‘‘I don’t know how I’m going to feel out there. I’m just trying to keep it as sane as possible right now, keep it simple, not think too far ahead. When game day comes, I’ll be ready.’’

Quenneville said he’s mindful of the heightened awareness of blows to the head and of agitators pushing their games to the edge, but he thinks Carcillo knows where those boundaries are.

‘‘We don’t want to take away that edge,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s a smart guy. I think he knows his leash is maybe a little shorter than other players’ as far as in the eyes of the referees, and .  .  . we have to make sure we’re in tune to that and keep an eye on it.’’

Said Carcillo: ‘‘When I’m under guys’ skin and they’re thinking about me and not thinking about guys like Kane and Hossa, that’s a mistake on their part. That’s when breakdowns happen.’’

Carcillo called Kane and Hossa ‘‘two of the elite players in this league’’ and said his job would be fairly simple if he were to be paired with them. He said he would park himself in front of the net, wait for backdoor passes and rebounds and protect Kane and Hossa when
necessary.

‘‘We had a couple of practices at training camp with Danny, and we know if he’s up there, that’s great,’’ Hossa said. ‘‘He’s an energizing player, he can create space and he can go under people’s skin, and that could be to our advantage.’’

Kane said he is looking forward to seeing some skill from Carcillo, who scored 12 goals for the Flyers in 2009-10.

‘‘He can be good for myself and Hossa,’’ Kane said. ‘‘He seems pretty skilled for the role he’s in, so he can help us a lot.’’

Never shy about sharing his personality, Carcillo joked with the media when he was asked about Quenneville calling him by his nickname — ‘‘Car Bomb’’ — during practice.

‘‘Everyone has nicknames,’’ Carcillo said. ‘‘It just happens that mine’s a lot better than everyone else’s.’’



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