“We had a busy week,” he said. “Everybody said we could have rested some guys in the last three, four or five games, but we looked at this game here and we have a group that’s going to be excited to play. The other guys need a day off. We dressed a lot of those guys at home last night.
“We are worried about our own business. I think we’ve got to give some credit to the lineup that is going to be playing tonight. Hopefully they will surprise everybody.”
“It’s an opportunity,” Quenneville said. “Some of these guys deserve to play. It’s a chance for us to see them as well. They are not that far away from being able to help us.”
The Blackhawks will know by the end of the night who their opponent will be in the first round of the playoffs with all three possible opponents, Detroit, Minnesota and Columbus, in action tonight. Quenneville joked about bringing a television to the bench to watch those games, but was serious when he said he will be paying attention.
“We’ll definitely be watching all three scenarios,” Quenneville said.