Carcillo in for Flyers?
The morning skates just wrapped up here at United Center, and it looks like the 'Hawks are going to stick with what worked (sort of) in Game 1 while the Flyers are contemplating some changes ahead of tonight's Game 2.
Chicago Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Andrew Ladd (shoulder) skated lightly but isn't ready to return just yet. So that should mean Saturday's hero Tomas Kopecky will be back in.
There's some mystery surrounding the Flyers' lineup, though. We do know that Coach Peter Laviolette is giving Michael Leighton another chance. But there could be some changes up front and perhaps on the blue line.
Daniel Carcillo told reporters that he's back in the lineup after sitting out the past three games as a healthy scratch. Laviolette stopped short of confirming that the agitator will in fact return, but word around here is that he's in for James van Riemsdyk, who was a minus-2 in 9:25 in Saturday's sloppy Cup opener.
"Danny Carcillo has done an excellent job with his discipline when he's been in the lineup," Laviolette said without directly saying Carcillo will play. "He plays an aggressive game. He can agitate a little bit. He's physical. And I think he's done an excellent job of controlling his game and keeping it legal."
There's also some speculation that Laviolette also might sit defenseman Ryan Parent, who played a whopping 41 seconds Saturday and was on the ice for Chicago's first goal.
A couple of other tidbits:
*Patrick Kane (no points, minus-3 in Game 1) said the young 'Hawks nerves should be out of the way now.
"For a lot of us, it's our first time here," Kane said. "Maybe I was overexcited for the situation. I think you try to anticipate too much. So sometimes you go out there and it all backfires on you."
*Kane also said the Blackhawks need to work harder to draw their first penalty of the series.
"If you look at our team, we love the puck possession game," Kane said. "Any team we've played against, we've pretty much out-shot and controlled the puck. I don't know if we did enough of that in Game 1.
Quenneville snapped: "We expect to be on the power play at some point in this series, and hopefully it's tonight."
*Laviolette said he did not like Adam Burish's hit from behind on Lucas Krajicek, calling the play a "dangerous hockey hit." Burish escaped with a boarding minor.
"I personally didn't like the hit," Laviolette said. "I mean, it appeared to me to be from behind and a dangerous hit. I don't think he saw it coming. So I thought it was a dangerous hockey hit."
* The Game 2 winner in the Stanley Cup finals have gone on to win the championship in 53 of 70 years since the current format began in 1939. That's 76 percent.
After the wild way in which Game 1 unfolded, I'm hesitant to predict what's going to happen here tonight. But I will say this: the 'Hawks managed to win even with their top line having arguably its worst game of the postseason. There's no way Kane, Toews and Dustin Byfuglien will be held off the board again, right?
May 31, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
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