Bryan Bickell knows his problem is consistency
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org November 9, 2011 10:48PM
Updated: March 1, 2012 8:17PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bryan Bickell saw it coming. With a couple bad games, he knew Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville might make him a healthy scratch.
He was right.
“He just wants to get me fired up and get ready for next game and prove that I can be a better player and more consistent in my game,” Bickell said Wednesday after sitting out against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. “It was kind of a reality check. You never take anything lightly.”
Quenneville did the same thing last season to Bickell. Similarly, Bickell had a strong start this year before slowing down. He has three goals and a minus-6 rating in 13 games.
“He had a good start to the season when he was physical,” Quenneville said. “He was around the puck, but the puck wasn’t friendly. You want him to be strong in the puck area. You want him to be physical and simple.”
Picking a fight
John Scott’s attempt to fight the Blues’ Ryan Reaves was his latest failure at trying to find a willing opponent. Scott wanted to get Reaves (6-1, 229 pounds) for spearing and fighting Daniel Carcillo and running Patrick Kane.
“If he wants to fight somebody, he should fight someone in his weight class, and that’s me,” Scott said. “He’s always been scared of me. I was asking the linesman why he was being such a girl about it. I can’t find a fight for the life of me this year.”
Center Dave Bolland is questionable for Thursday after blocking a shot against the Blues. Bolland appeared to take the shot near his right ankle.