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Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks breaks past Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 14, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In this Friday batch of Hawks Headlines, we tackle questions about whether or not the Chicago Blackhawks have been right to be cautious with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews’ injuries, the versatility of Ben Smith, and debate what Joel Quenneville was thinking in benching Michal Handzus and Teuvo Teravainen on Thursday night against Minnesota.
-In Adam Hoge’s eyes, the Blackhawks are right to be benching Toews and Kane until the playoffs start. Even with home ice potentially slipping away from the team in the first round, seeing the team be this cautious with injuries is a bit of a departure from the way they’ve handled the issues of other players like Niklas Hjalmarsson and Dave Bolland in the past. [CBS Chicago]
-Ben Smith has proven to be one of the Hawks’ most versatile forwards all season long, and with Kane and Toews out of the lineup, he’s stepping up in an even bigger way. [CSN Chicago]
-After sitting out most of Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Michal Handzus was a “healthy” scratch against the Wild on Thursday. Teuvo Teravainen joined him in the press box, and Mike Spellman examines why Quenneville decided to give the duo a rest. [Daily Herald]
-Quenneville constantly preaches that the Hawks need to keep things simple in order to win, and in Scott Powers’ eyes, that’s exactly what they did as they beat the Wild on Thursday. [ESPN Chicago]
-Teravainen is still getting acclimated with the North American game, and even in getting scratched on Thursday, he is still finding ways to learn from the experience. [Chicago Sun-Times]