The Chicago Blackhawks took the ice this morning in preparation for their upcoming playoff series against the Nashville Predators, and if their practice lineups are any indication, it looks like the team has its roster locked down.
Dennis Rasmussen, Tomas Jurco and Vinnie Hinostroza sported different colored practice uniforms and too line rushes together, indicating that they’ll likely be on the outside looking in when the Hawks take on the Preds for game one on Thursday night.
All three players have been yo-yo’ed in and out of the Hawks lineup throughout the season, so head coach Joel Quenneville’s scratches should come as no surprise. With Artem Anisimov expected back in the lineup for Thursday night, it’s expected that the Blackhawks will need to scratch an additional forward so don’t be surprised if one of Jordin Tootoo or John Hayden joins Rasmussen, Jurco and Hinostroza in the press box.
Despite a four game slide to end their season, the Blackhaws enter the playoffs rested and confident in their ability to get back to the Stanley Cup Final. They ran through the Predators this season, going 4-1-0 in the season series and should have a healthy lineup for the first time this season.