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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Hawks begin preparation for Predators

By Jesse Rogers

The Chicago Blackhawks began preparations for the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday. They held a 50-minute practice in advance of their opening-round game against the Nashville Predators on Friday.

  • The pace of practice was intense. After it was over, coach Joel Quenneville said they would address a different aspect of their game each day. Tuesday was more about drills than specifics. There was no special teams work.
  • Troy Brouwer returned after missing four games due to an illness in the family. Duncan Keith was given the day off for "maintenance."
  • The lines remained the same as the last few games of the regular season. Brouwer took Bryan Bickell’s spot on wing, skating with Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane. Colin Fraser, Ben Eager, and Tomas Kopecky comprised the fourth line.
  • Nick Boynton continues to wear a face mask to protect his left eye from "flying pucks."