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Keith, Handzus said to be 'fine' after missing practice

Friday, 05.17.2013 / 3:23 PM / News
By Corey Masisak  - NHL.com staff writer
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Keith, Handzus said to be \'fine\' after missing practice

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Defenseman Duncan Keith and center Michal Handzus did not participate in practice Friday for the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center, but coach Joel Quenneville said both "are fine."

Handzus has now skipped the past three on-ice workouts for the Blackhawks. Quenneville was asked if he is nursing a minor injury that he can still play through.

"I think he's fine," Quenneville said.

Ben Smith replaced Handzus on the second line during practice. The Blackhawks rotated their defensemen in and out of positions, but if Keith is indeed fine, the same six that played in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings are expected to be in the lineup Saturday afternoon for Game 2.

Viktor Stalberg remained on a line with other healthy scratches. He was not in the lineup for Game 1, which has led to three days of stories about why and when he might be back. Stalberg had nine goals and 23 points in 47 games during the regular season, and had dressed for each of the team's 18 playoff contests in the past three years.