Blackhawks' Olympians ready to go
March, 2, 2010
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesJonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith are ready to go for the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- With their six Olympians in tow, the Blackhawks will get back to action against the New York Islanders on Tuesday evening.
Of the six who were around after the Hawks' morning practice at the Nassau Coliseum, none said he was too tired to play.
"I don't feel bad," Duncan Keith said. "I got a good sleep last night, and I'll be ready to go tonight."
"I'm ready to go," Brent Seabrook added. "Ready to get back at it. We didn't play as much [in Vancouver] as we do during the season, so it was good. I think we took care of our bodies over there, in Vancouver, and I think going down the home stretch will be good ... It's good to be back with the guys."
"I'm still running on fumes a little bit from the other night," Jonathan Toews said. "There was a lot of adrenaline. The excitement that you feel after winning a game like that, it's great. I'm still enjoying it, but again, that feeling is great and I want to keep playing hockey. When you're on a high like this, you want to keep it going and hopefully it lasts as long as possible."
Joel Quenneville said he will "monitor" playing time for his Olympic participants, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We're going to see how they are going to fare and see how they are doing," Quenneville said after practice. "We'll see how much energy they have. That was kind of the concern going into today or tomorrow's game ... Just judging or gauging them this morning, it looked like there was a lot of energy ... so we'll give them an opportunity to play and sort of gauge as we go along here."
Quenneville said John Madden, Ben Eager, and Brent Sopel will all play against New York. They missed time before the Olympic break with various ailments. Colin Fraser and Jordan Hendry will be healthy scratches as the Hawks are just one man -- Adam Burish -- short of full strength.
Antti Niemi starts in goal.