Sunday, April 17, 2011Posted: 12:15 PM
By Tracey Myers
By Tracey Myers
John Scott will be in the lineup while Tomas Kopecky and Bryan Bickell are both out when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals tonight at the United Center.
Meanwhile, center Dave Bolland (concussion) is out tonight but is hoping he could play in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Scott, who will play in his first postseason game with the Blackhawks, has the job the team has struggled to do in the first two games: Get in front of Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo and stay there.
Ive got a big body so hopefully I can get in front of the net and not let (Luongo) see many pucks, the 6-foot-8 Scott said. Im not going to play big minutes but anytime I am Im going to get in front. I came to Chicago to be in the playoffs. Ive been watching two games pretty close. I know whats going on.
Scott is certainly no stranger to the Canucks, who he played plenty during his Minnesota Wild years. The Canucks have been very physical to start both games and Scott could help in that department.
Ive been hitting Bolley in practice trying to get him ready, Scott joked. Seriously, it would be nice to hit someone else at full speed.
The Canucks, meanwhile, didnt seem too fazed by the roster change.
When a 6-8 guy challenges you that cant skate? You usually say no and go around him and score, Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa said.
Coach Joel Quenneville said that Kopecky and Bickell were both considerations for tonights game and both are close to returning for Game 4. Thats also true of Bolland, whos staying positive and would love nothing more to get into this series.
I want to be out there. Its probably the worst feeling ever watching them go on the ice and I cant, Bolland said. You take it to heart. But thats the way it is. If its my shoulder or anything else, itd be a different story.
Bolland has yet to take the tests to make sure he can play.
Ben Smith has played in some big games in his young career he was a big part of Boston Colleges NCAA title last season. But being part of the Stanley Cup playoffs? Thats just a tad bigger.
"Its definitely a little different playing at this level. Its just that much higher (than the NCAA championship game), but you can draw from those experiences, he said. Im just trying to enjoy it, taking the moment and trying to contribute to this team.
Smith did that in Game 2, scoring two of the Blackhawks goals in their 4-3 loss to Vancover. Smith was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., but his family moved to Connecticut when he was three. He was a Hartford Whalers fan and his dad shared season tickets with a neighbor.
The Whalers practiced in our town rink. Without them, I dont think I wouldve gotten into hockey, said Smith, who remembers the Whalers moving to North Carolina when he was eight. It was a sad day in Hartford. I remember the fans wouldnt leave (after the final game).
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.