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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Blackhawks shore up special teams

By Jesse Rogers

Day two of what Kris Versteeg called a “mini training camp” saw the Chicago Blackhawks work on special teams as they continue to prepare for their first-round playoff matchup with the Nashville Predators. Some highlights:

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville has settled on Dave Bolland on the point for one of the power-play units. “We’ll start like that,” Quenneville said. “He looked all right in that spot.”

Bolland will be paired with Dustin Byfuglien while Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Patrick Sharp are up front.The other unit has Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith on the point with Marian Hossa, Versteeg, and Tomas Kopecky as forwards. Kopecky knows his job.

“Go to the front of the net,” he said.

Quenneville is keeping his fourth line of Colin Fraser, Ben Eager, and Kopecky intact. That means Adam Burish is on the outside looking in right now.“I don’t foresee changing it,” Quenneville said.Burish even sat in favor of Bryan Bickell last game. Bickell continues to draw rave reviews from his head coach.

“I didn’t mind his [Burish’s] game at all,” Quenneville said. “I thought Bic earned a chance to play based on how well he played every time he gets up here. He’s here for now and he’s here for good. When you do put him in the lineup, he really looks like he belongs up here.”

Quenneville said there was no new update on defenseman Kim Johnsson, who has been out since March 13. He needs to get back on the ice before the Hawks can make a determination. When that will be is anyone’s guess but Quenneville is hopeful.

“We’d like to say he’d be a great asset for us,” Quenneville said.