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Friday, May 17, 2013
Keith, Handzus don't practice, will play G2

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Michal Handzus did not practice Friday, but they will play in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

"They're both fine," Quenneville said after Friday's practice at the United Center. "They'll be ready for [Saturday.]"

Handzus also missed the team's two practices leading into Game 1 of the series and then played 23 shifts and 17:01 and had a plus-1 rating during Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings. Quenneville said Handzus was "fine" when asked if he was nursing any injuries.

Handzus had two assists and a plus-2 rating in five games against the Minnesota Wild during their Western Conference quarterfinal series. He had one goal, five assists and a plus-7 rating in 11 regular-season games with the Blackhawks after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline.

Keith had three goals, 24 assists and a plus-16 rating in 47 regular-season games this season. He has one goal, four assists and a plus-5 rating in six playoff games this year.

Ben Smith replaced Handzus on the second line during Friday's practice.