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Teravainen doesn’t appear to be in the Blackhawks’ plans this spring
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Teuvo Teravainen isn’t in the Blackhawks’ plans for the postseason.
Teravainen will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game today against the St. Louis Blues. Even with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane sidelined with injuries, the 19-year-old Finnish rookie hasn’t been able to crack the lineup.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said the timing and the Hawks’ position in the standings — chasing the Colorado Avalanche for home-ice advantage in the first round — have played a role in the decision.
“It’s a big league and a hard league,” he said. “And we want to make sure we’re helping ourselves get points. At the same time, he’s learning, as well.”
Quenneville said a decision hasn’t been made yet whether Teravainen will stay with the Hawks for the Stanley Cup playoffs (either as a player or a Black Ace) or if he’ll go to Rockford for the AHL playoffs.
“We haven’t talked too much about the long-range plan, as far as the coaches’ level,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kane has skated each of the last three days, and “did very well,” according to Quenneville. Toews is being kept off the ice until late in the week. “No hurry,” Quenneville said. “We want to give him a break.”
Michal Handzus will return to the lineup today, likely bumping Joakim Nordstrom. Johnny Oduya will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury, though Quenneville suggested it had more to do with rest than the injury.
Corey Crawford will be in net for the Hawks. Brian Elliott is starting for the Blues.