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Monday, May 18, 2009

No Keith

UPDATE: Everybody's healthy, according to Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, who just said that everyone who didn't skate today will be on the ice for Tuesday's Game 2. That includes Duncan Keith, Martin Havlat and Sammy Pahlsson.


Defenseman Duncan Keith is not skating at the Blackhawks' practice at Joe Louis Arena right now. No word on why, but I'll post it as soon as I get it.

Keith played the entire Game 1, partnered with Brent Seabrook on the blue line.

Seabrook practiced with Cam Barker.


the rest of the defensemen juggled spots.


Blogger Nathan said...

Also no Pahlsson? Or Havlat?

May 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM 
Blogger John said...

They have some young talented D-men, but they if they lose a top 2 guy, they're putting a guy who wouldn't even be on our scratches out against guys like Zetterberg and Hossa. And they are left with only a couple players that they want out there for 20+ minutes against same.

May 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Correct. No Pahlsson. No Havlat.

But as I updated in the post, Quenneville said that all three will be in the lineup for Game 2.

Now how healthy they are or whether they will actually be in the lineup ... that will be seen.

May 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM 
Blogger John said...

Before I dig too deep a whole... who are the options for Chicago to go in at 6th man if Keith is out?

Rundown from game 1:
Campbell: 25:40
Seabrook: 21:44
Keith: 19:45
Hjalmarsson: 19:24
Walker: 16:02
Barker: 15:58

May 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Aaron Johnson or Jordan Hendry.

May 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM 
Blogger Nathan said...

Does anyone find it curious Keith only played 20 minutes in game one?

May 18, 2009 at 3:19 PM 
Blogger John said...

I actually don't. Because of the Red Wing numbers, which follow... but I am very interested to see what unfolds tomorrow for them.

Kronwall: 24:03
Stuart: 23:10
Lidstrom: 21:30
Rafalski: 19:50
Ericsson: 15:37
Lebda: 13:57

May 18, 2009 at 3:28 PM 
Blogger John said...

career numbers:
Johnson: 184gms 10g 26a 36pts 156 PIM
Hendry: 49gms 1g 3a 4pts 26 PIM

playoff total: 0 games.(for both)

May 18, 2009 at 3:32 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

I think that the low ice times for the top two defensemen on each side are keyed by Kane and Toews not playing 20 minutes.

The Red Wings were throwing Lidstrom and Rafalski out against the Blackhawks' top line and Chicago put Keith and Seabrook out with Kane and Toews most of the time.

In a game that was going well for Detroit, Babcock wasn't going to have Lidstrom and Rafalski or the Z line miss a shift against the Toews line because they were getting time in against another Chicago unit.

May 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM 
Blogger John said...

Impressive insight on the matchups. Makes a ton of sense. And, if that's how this series goes, good for us.

May 18, 2009 at 3:55 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

I agree that if that's how this series goes, I like it.

May 18, 2009 at 4:07 PM 

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