The NHL will announce the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, which goes to the league’s best defensemen, Friday morning. Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith is expected to be a finalist for the award, which is voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Keith’s 69 points in the regular season were the second most among
Patrick Sharp said he was surprised the Blackhawks’ first-round series against the Nashville Predators didn’t start today. “I was getting ready to go,” Sharp said of the Friday start date. “But it’s all right. It gives us time to tune up our sticks and skates and make sure everybody is ready to go.” So as
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville didn’t see any negatives in the playoffs starting Friday against the Nashville Predators, especially with his team playing five games in eight days to close the season.