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David Rundblad, Nathan Gerbe

With Rozsival sidelined, Rundblad steps in on ‘Hawks blue line


When and where the Blackhawks will open up the Western Conference final has yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure, David Rundblad will be on the Chicago blue line when they do.

Rundblad is the benefactor of a fractured ankle suffered by Michal Rozsival in Game 4 of the ‘Hawks series against the Minnesota Wild. Rozsival will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

“He’s going to come in and play,” said Joel Quenneville per the Chicago Sun-Times. “Other guys are accustomed to playing significant minutes. Every game’s going to be different, but his play and the game and the score will play a lot into it.”

Rundblad has never played an NHL playoff game. In 49 games during the regular season the 24-year-old had three goals and 11 assists to go a long with a plus-17 rating while averaging 12:48 in ice time.

“You’ve just got to keep it simple,” Rundblad said. “Especially now, when I haven’t been playing. It’s way more faster, way more intense in the playoffs than the regular season. I’ve just got to go out there and just be quick, and do everything quick. Just keep it as simple as I can.”

Veteran Kimmo Timonen could also see a bump in ice time with Rozsival sidelined.

The 40-year-old has a plus-3 rating in 10 playoff games while averaging 9:25 in ice time – down from his regular season average of 11:59.

“If I get more, I get more. If I don’t, I don’t,” said Timonen. “That’s my role and I’m happy to do it. If it’s seven, eight, 12 minutes — that’s more than I was supposed to play this year anyway. I’ll take whatever I get. We’re going to the conference finals. The team is playing well. I’m really happy to be part of a winning team.”

Added Quenneville: “We’ll see. The play and the score and [Rundblad’s] play and how the other guys are managing their minutes [will be a factor]. It’ll all sort itself out.”

The Blackhawks await the winner of the series between Anaheim and Calgary.

Crawford was ‘a little pissed off at first’ with Darling starting

Scott Darling, Corey Crawford, Teuvo Teravainen

With Scott Darling making his fourth straight start tonight when the Blackhawks play host to the Nashville Predators in Game 6, Corey Crawford was asked how he’s dealing with the situation.

“(I was) a little pissed off at first,” he told Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus. “It’s only natural. I think that’s a good thing. It shows I want to play.

“We’re up in the series, so life’s good.”

Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots and was replaced by Darling in Game 1. Darling made 42 saves in the double-overtime victory. Crawford then started Game 2 and made 29 saves in a 6-2 loss.

The 30-year-old is 0-1 with a 6.75 G.A.A. and an .809 save percentage.

“Crow’s a good guy, a good teammate, a good pro,” said Joel Quenneville. “I’m sure he wants to play in the worst way.”

Darling is 3-1 in the series to go along with a 1.73 G.A.A. and a .950 save percentage.

Blackhawks make line changes ahead of Game 6

Kris Versteeg

The Chicago Blackhawks have another chance to close out their first round series with the Nashville Predators tonight at the United Center.

Head coach Joel Quenneville shuffled his lines slightly at the team’s morning skate.

Kris Versteeg will move up to the Hawks’ second line alongside Brad Richards and Patrick Kane. Bryan Bickell moves down to play with Antoine Vermette and Patrick Sharp.

“They’re both useful options with that [second] line,” said Quenneville.

Versteeg has a goal in the first five games of the series while Bickell has two assists and eight penalty minutes in the five games.